We’ve been working for several years to improve the gender balance at Atomic Object, largely because we held “diversity is good” to be self-evident. But the last six to nine months, as we’ve been changing out benefits and practices in pursuit of this goal, I’ve been thinking about why diversity is good.
This is the third in a series of interviews with Atomic makers. Meet Jeanette Head: snowboarder, Girl Develop It teacher, and software developer at Atomic Object. I recently sat down with Jeanette to learn what drew her to development, the special challenges she faces, and why she loves to teach people to code.
Are you supportive of underrepresented groups (like women and minorities) in technology? Yes (I hope). But, ask yourself this: Do you support individual members of underrepresented groups in technology? Maybe not. It’s important to recognize that being supportive is different than showing support. One reason why is Unconscious Bias.
The gender gap in the tech industry gets a lot of talk. It’s easy to establish that there is one, but there’s no good reason for the gap to be this wide. When the subject comes up, lots of things get mentioned. “There are no women in computer science” and “women just don’t enjoy that kind […]
Tech companies in the US are notoriously lacking in diversity of all sorts. Gender, racial, and in some places age diversity seem to evade this field, and since the 1980s has actually gotten worse in terms of gender diversity. Early in my career, my youthful optimism led me to believe that things couldn’t be all […]
The Gender Gap in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields and in Silicon Valley is a hot topic right now. We hear the same questions over and over, from many different directions: What are the causes of this phenomenon? What are the solutions? Is it even something we ought to be concerned about? (I won’t […]
As a non-technical member of the Atomic team, and one of only 5 women, I am acutely aware of the shortage of female computer programmers in the world. Lucky for me, I work with a fantastic group of human beings, predominately male, who care deeply about the dearth of women in their industry. At AO, […]