Here I am. Send me.
There is a dearth of women in tech. There are articles about this fact on a regular basis these days. Whole tech teaching industries are being built on the premise of getting more underrepresented groups into tech.
Today, I stop second guessing myself and take on the challenge to be part of the solution. Today I join the ranks of Grace Hopper Academy to help produce supply for the growing demand for women in tech.
Last Thursday, I had the privilege of meeting my classmates at an ice cream mixer. There were women from all over the world and the U.S. Some married, others not. There was a mix of sexualities and gender identity. There was a broad spectrum in the 20+ person cohort.
But there is still a gap. From all indications, I'm the only black student in this cohort. Where are all the other pan-African ladies?
Having gone to many WWCode events, I know that they are out there and that they want to learn and grow in tech. So where's the disconnect?
I'm excited to begin this journey. I wish I had the company of another like me. Gratefully, I have other intersections to relate with my classmates. But I already feel a bit other since the social. Already, I have been ignored by a classmate introducing herself to the friend I was standing next to but not me. She looked at me and it felt like I wasn't there. Even my friend was embarrassed by it. I hope it wasn't malicious but it does have impact.
The world changes one day at a time. Today I get ready to go for a ride. It'll be different, it'll be hard and it'll be fun. The world needs people like me in tech. If I'm to be the only one in my cohort at this moment so be it. I ain't neva scared! <<(false)...but honestly, "go where no one else will go, do what no one else will do"... Here I am, send me!