For me, it’s a convenient story to write. There was nothing more fun for me when I was ten than playing around with the old broken computers that my dad, a tech worker, would send me. I became a game modder and hobby web developer for teenagers. I worked at a non-profit after college, not doing much, until I was offered an exciting job as a web developer where I made 5x as much. Ever since I have been doing it, it’s a story that people who hire me or encourage the tech industry are fond of hearing. But that’s not the whole story.
In this field, passion is cherished, and individuals who come into the code out of love are considered exceptional. The explanation that some classes of individuals are less represented in technology is also viewed since not many of them build Linux machines for fun in their basements.
But the issue with that is that hobby coding is not like work coding at all. You can do the kind of work that hobby coders love with very few coding jobs. In several ways, I believe the industry is becoming
Much like the programming depicted in Snow Crash, published in 1992, but reads more like an oracle:
She is a programmer for software for the Feds. She would have written computer programs for a living in the olden days. She writes pieces of computer programs nowadays. In large week-long meetings on the top floor, these systems are planned by Marietta and Marietta’s superiors. They begin to break up the problem into smaller and smaller segments once they have the concept down, assigning them to group managers who break them down even further and feed the individual programmers with little bits of work. All must be done according to a set of rules and regulations, much broader and more fluid than the Government Procedure Manual, to prevent the work done by the individual coders from colliding.
There are more engaging jobs out there, but the fact is that many of us work on small bits, work that is sometimes repetitive and devoid of the imagination of any sort.
I know of many people in Google who were not enthusiastic about it, but it would provide for their families, and so they still worked there because it’s high paying, part of the reason so many men go into tech.
Will I always have a code if I won the lottery? I would have, but it wasn’t going to be like work. They were ventures that I loved. And there would have been fewer hours.
Coding in your spare time for a few hours a day isn’t the same as coding for 8+ hours a day. It’s been wearing me down for the past decade. I get debilitating migraines daily, caused by working long hours. I have an early stage of arthritis in my spine. I tried standing desks, balance board desks, treadmill desks, special diets before and after work to exercise more: Doctors, occupational therapists, all-stripe massage therapists. Thousands and thousands of dollars have been spent on me.
I covered it because I was worried that it would leave me unemployed. I worked in constant pain for those long hours. I’m not sure desk jockeying is ideal for anybody for these kinds of hours; it wasn’t right for me.
I have to admit, too, that the constant backlash against women in technology is tolling. What James Damore said cut to the heart was that there were a lot of us women in tech only because a bar was lowered to get us in to fulfill a certain quota.
And it was tough to read the reaction to it on websites I visited and from individuals, I once counted as friends. I can’t say that this has not led to demoralization. On the other hand, I’m very sick of diversity projects I’ve encountered that are corporate cheerleaders and utterly unable to do the hard work it would take to make this a better women’s industry.
When I just found out some guy who does the same job as I am getting paid 20 percent more, it’s tough to celebrate “Women’s Day with free feminist speakers. “Some jerk is also going to be like, “if women were paying less, why wouldn’t businesses hire more women to save money once in a while?
I’m sure they are still doing this and that it is a standard practice that recent litigation would show. My experience is that businesses are thrilled to recruit women, make them look attractive, and generally, they can pay them less. It’s not a matter of quotas.
I was asked by commenters on my previous article why I didn’t just get my abilities up to snuff and get “better work. I never even got into trouble with that. I easily take on new technologies and learn quickly. I suspect I’ll continue to do that. But at this point in the industry, I lost all motivation to try to hack it.