Even My Hobbies Make Me Weird

Often, this blog focuses on the negative, even when I try to be positive. It’s tough out there for a woman in computer science, and I frankly come across enough instances of blatant or institutionalized sexism often enough that I can write dozens of pieces about it. It’s not all bad, though, even when I…

The World Needs More Geeky Girls

One of the most frustrating things I hear from people who claim to have all the answers about issues surrounding women in STEM is “If women really wanted the job, they’d just apply.” The people who say things like this (read: dudes) are speaking entirely from a position of ignorance. Power, but ignorance. At the…

No Mom, I don’t build websites…

Professionals in information technology and other tech fields have a unique struggle: they struggle to make the low- and no-tech people in their life understand what they do for work. For me, the low-tech person in my life is my mom. I love my mom. She’s a smart lady and has taught me so much….

It Starts at a Young Age

I started writing this blog for a lot of reasons. I wanted to chronicle the real life of a woman in a male-dominated industry. I wanted to vent when I needed to vent, without annoying my far-too-patient friends and family. Most of all, though, I wanted to inspire young women and girls to follow their…

It Is Lonely Out There

Most days I love my job. I love my work life and I feel like I have a lot to offer, including a unique perspective as a woman in IT. Unfortunately, today was not most days, it was one of the days that reminds me how lonely it is to be a woman working in…

Oh, I expected a boy…

As a girl, being named Jamie was no big deal. As a woman in IT, it has been a blessing and a curse. Outside the extremely male-dominated industry of IT there is very seldom any assumption regarding my gender. The moment I step into my IT shoes, though, I routinely come across this conversation: *ring…