Weird to see guys new to my corner of tech coming in with cheerful questions like "Hey, I don't know this thing! Can you explain x"
When I started I was much more apologetic. Felt like every question reflected on how little I knew in general.
I wonder how much of that was attributable to my own self-doubt, and how much was due to people actually writing me off as non-technical.
Now I'm confident that I've done a lot, and am capable of learning new things with enough application of time and effort.
But I still get comments occasionally that reveal some people assume a woman in a mostly male tech space doesn't know anything. I laugh it off now, bc I know that's on them, not me. But it's the type of thing that would have sent me into an existential crisis a few years ago.
At a conference recently, I went over to a table of guys around a computer.
Asked "Whatcha working on, can I join?"
One of them says "It's very complex stuff," with dismissive body language.
Guy I know says "jay can handle it" and makes room for me to sit down.
Yeah, I facilitated multiple sessions at the conference on this, and just spent weeks implementing a related feature.
One rude person doesn't ruin my day anymore, but this type of thing beats down beginners.
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