I Am the Girl That STEM Lost

Or was I bad at math because my confidence was never built up, because girls aren’t expected to be good at numbers and logic and because I don’t always learn in the same way other kids do?In the end, I found a way to work in technology through a softer lens (with fewer math requirements)..I’m a communicator..I facilitate between engineer and layperson..I focus on the people more than the tools because it’s an important job and someone needs to do it..I’m a user advocate..So much of my passion for this industry is the intersection of people and technology, and I am proud to have a place there.But… I still feel left out..I still look longingly to the ever-exclusive “cool kids” club of programmers and developers..People who were lucky enough to be born with some predisposed gift for numbers and mechanics and logic..They remind me constantly that I am not one of them..For every position I’ve held in this industry—technical writer, instructional designer—there has been a painfully obvious divide between me and the “tech” people.The sting of that divide worsens because it is unmistakably gendered..All of the teams I have worked on have been primarily women..In my most recent role, my training team was entirely women (a standard demographic at my company), while the development teams were composed of mostly men.. More details

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