A few weeks ago, my friend Leah wrote a thoughtful post about how to get more women into technology and STEM careers. In her post, she says:
Enticing women to tech isn’t about making it “diva-fied” or “girlification.”… Reducing women in tech from engineers to “web divas” pushes us into superficial territory and marginalizes our skills and contributions. Instead of looking up to women in tech as problem-solvers and visionaries we get looked down upon as interlopers far from home.
Women are not all the same. We don’t all want pink and flowers and glitter. We don’t all think the same. We aren’t one dimensional creatures who will be drawn to the tech world because someone sent us a flier with pretty purple letters and butterflies. We don’t all enter the tech world the same way and any strategy that relies on all women being alike is doomed to fail.