We’d be remiss if we didn’t add a few comments about the Google MAN-ifesto, so we draw your attention to two outstanding responses:
In ‘Dear Mr. Google Manifesto’: Epic Response From Chemical Engineer, Corp VP, Mom Of 5, Melissa Aquino clearly outlined how she worked her way to where she is now. Two early examples of her battles are way too familiar:
… At 14 – I signed up for my first chemistry and physics course. I was told “boys usually take this class, but OK.”
At 16 – I took my first business class as an elective and my teacher handed out grade slips showing I had a B. When I challenged him he told me “your face just looked like you deserved a B.” I fought that and won. …
Aquino points out that “…women in science and engineering fields need to start telling their stories, showing the real challenges they face in pursuing male-dominated fields.”
Offering more perspective on why this is so aggravating, Stanford lecturer Cynthia Lee penned I’m a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you. Lee explained in five concise points what contributed to the outrage that many of us felt. In part,
To be a woman in tech is to know the thrill of participating in one of the most transformative revolutions humankind has known, to experience the crystalline satisfaction of finding an elegant solution to an algorithmic challenge, to want to throw the monitor out the window in frustration with a bug and, later, to do a happy dance in a chair while finally fixing it. To be a woman in tech is also to always and forever be faced with skepticism that I do and feel all those things authentically enough to truly belong. There is always a jury, and it’s always still out.
This one-sided stream of judgmentalism does get tiring. Aquino and Lee are much better examples of humanity as our role models.
Bonus video (note: language warning): Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna reading her Riot Grrrl Manifesto.