Life: Current events
Articles about my life as they pertain to current events at the time.
22 April 2015
There have been a lot of stories in the news about gender issues in the tech world. The Ellen Pao case. Gamergate. The dongle joke at Pycon. The gender gap in the tech industry. The list goes on and on. And now today, an LA Times article came out asking why women are leaving the tech industry. I am 100% a woman and 100% a programmer. And I am not going anywhere. Of the stories I have been reading about women in tech, many seem to have a sub-theme that we should be able to embrace our techie-ness and our girly-ness. That it is OK to wear a dress and cute heels, putt makeup on, and fix up my hair. That this will send a signal that it is OK to be girly and be a tech geek. And it is OK to be girly and be techie… as long as that is who you actually are. My Un-Style My style is r [...]Read more...
22 January 2017
I attended the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. This march that was the largest inaugural protest in US history, with over 500,000 people in DC alone. I also have anxiety disorder and my anxiety is strongest when I am around large groups of people. My March experience I feel lots of things emotionally and physically when I am anxious. This is a sample of what I felt at the March: Restlessness Being easily fatigued Muscle tension Worry for days before an event where other people will be Difficulty concentrating Even before the March, I was very anxious about the thought of attending something originally named “The Million Woman March”. I worried for weeks about it. I actually made up my mind to not go for a very long time. One million is a really, really big number. [...]Read more...
22 May 2020
March 23, 2020. That date, almost exactly 2 months ago, was the first day of our new normal. This new normal is me working from home full time. It is my daughter staying at home full time, no longer in day care with her friends and teachers. It is video chats with friends and family. It is going for walks along the same (mostly deserted) neighborhood streets. It is spending way too much time in my house and finding all of the home projects that I have been meaning to do when I have free time. It is realizing that I now have less free time because I am working and chasing a toddler around. It is watching live music over Facebook. It is realizing that I can watch live music over Facebook without needing to wear a bra. It is high-fiving myself when I realize that the last time I wor [...]Read more...