Why I joined JWiT2017
When I arrived at Cornell, I knew that I wanted to develop myself and contribute to the success of others my community. In discussions with classmates about student-run events, I learned of the Johnson Women in Technology Conference and I saw an opportunity to lend my skills and experience to a cause that benefitted not only my classmates, but an entire population interested in careers in technology.
As I found out more about the event and spoke with previous years’ participants, I was reminded of the article When Women Stopped Coding that had stuck with me since I’d first read it. I’m both intrigued by and concerned with the phenomenon of women leaving the field of computer science after what had been several decades of steadily increasing presence. We’re at a time in history when tech literacy and mastery are critical to remaining competitive in business, and women are integral to this success. They have played an important role in tech from the days of the earliest computers and must play a role in future enterprises if we wish to compete in the global economy.
What does #TechTogether mean to you?
JWiT not only supports women currently advancing their careers in tech, but also serves to inspire other women who seek to follow in their footsteps. Without a doubt, this plays a worthwhile and important part in bucking the long-term trend of diminished integration of women and technology in education and in the workplace. While the current state of the industry leaves much to be desired, I am heartened by the collaborative atmosphere at Cornell University that sets the tone for what future workplaces should look like. I have heard it remarked at Cornell Hackathons that women today are sometimes surprised by the lack of resistance they receive from their male counterparts on these teams. By highlighting these success stories, I believe JWiT can carry forward the message that #TechTogether is possible.