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“WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING A
WOMAN IN TECH?”
“Who? Me?”
—Kiki Schirr
A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A
WOMAN IN TECH
Sunday night:
As the workday approaches, boredom sets in, and the woman in tech looks to her
computer to try to stave off ...
Monday:
There is a persistent rumor in the startup world that Mondays should be joyous
things and that you’re so eager to ...
Tuesday:
Attend a conference. Most attendees will be male. While you’re okay with that…
there are some ‘moments.’
Wednesday:
You sit on a panel in the conference, and the presenter refers to you as a “woman in tech.”
You’re not sure whe...
Thursday:
Back at work, you push the limits of what you know and do something you’ve
never done before. Instead of braggin...
Friday:
You get some unexpected recognition, but someone tries to rain on your parade…
Saturday:
You attempt a social outing with a non-startup friend. (For those of you in
startups, that’s a popular band’s sh...
Ultimately, your week isn’t that different than it would be for a guy in
tech. You’ve networked, gotten stuff done, and tr...
“SURE, HE [FRED ASTAIRE] WAS
GREAT, BUT DON’T FORGET
GINGER ROGERS DID
EVERYTHING HE DID…
BACKWARDS AND IN HEELS.”
—Bob Th...
KIKI SCHIRR
WOMAN IN TECH
AUTHOR OF TECH DOODLES
kikischirr@gmail.com
medium.com/tech-doodles/latest
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  1. “WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING A WOMAN IN TECH?” “Who? Me?” —Kiki Schirr
  2. A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A WOMAN IN TECH
  3. Sunday night: As the workday approaches, boredom sets in, and the woman in tech looks to her computer to try to stave off the dull. However, as most of her friends have a social life / family, no one is online.
  4. Monday: There is a persistent rumor in the startup world that Mondays should be joyous things and that you’re so eager to get started on your project that you feel like a regular (non-startup) Joe on a Friday at 4 PM. I can neither confirm nor deny the veracity of this statement, as the Startup Police would come after me.
  5. Tuesday: Attend a conference. Most attendees will be male. While you’re okay with that… there are some ‘moments.’
  6. Wednesday: You sit on a panel in the conference, and the presenter refers to you as a “woman in tech.” You’re not sure whether to be flattered, or whether there’s just more pressure on you now not to say something dumb.
  7. Thursday: Back at work, you push the limits of what you know and do something you’ve never done before. Instead of bragging, you celebrate internally—or happy dance.
  8. Friday: You get some unexpected recognition, but someone tries to rain on your parade…
  9. Saturday: You attempt a social outing with a non-startup friend. (For those of you in startups, that’s a popular band’s shirt…)
  10. Ultimately, your week isn’t that different than it would be for a guy in tech. You’ve networked, gotten stuff done, and tried desperately to kill off your rapid inbox. What’s so different about being a woman in tech?
  11. “SURE, HE [FRED ASTAIRE] WAS GREAT, BUT DON’T FORGET GINGER ROGERS DID EVERYTHING HE DID… BACKWARDS AND IN HEELS.” —Bob Thaves, in “Frank and Earnest”
  12. KIKI SCHIRR WOMAN IN TECH AUTHOR OF TECH DOODLES kikischirr@gmail.com medium.com/tech-doodles/latest
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