Social Engineering
Subject:   I am not a tech mama...
Date:   2007-09-05 09:19:35
From:   LenaWest
I have avoided many of the "mama" tags that people seem to adore placing on women who work in the tech space. I'm not a tech mama, tech maven, tech queen, tech diva or whatever. And, I'm quick to gently correct someone who uses those terms in reference to me. I find them off-putting and passive aggressive in an odd sort of way.

It seems like if you're a successful woman, you need a label so people can place you in the apppropriate sections in their mental file system. These labels seem to underhandedly attempt to put us in "a woman's place". From my experience, this doesn't happen so much with men. When was the last time you've heard a guy refer to himself as a Tech Prince?

I do think women bring a distinct advantage to the tech smorgasboard and I, for one, leverage my advantage every chance I get. After all, I wasn't born a woman for no reason.

What I ponder most often is why, in this day and time, we're still being asked what it's like to be a woman working in technology. I think there are valuable answers to that question, I just think the current focus of that question could use some modernization and reframing.

As a social media strategist, I have a lot in common with your experience working in technology however, I also look forward to reading stories from women coders and developers. There's room for everyone at the table. Anything else is coming from a scarcity mindset and - if we're going to support one another like we all say we want to - scarcity, crabs-in-a-barrel tactics shouldn't be tolerated.

Contrary to what others wrote about this being a disappointing first article, I think running this article first was uber-smart. Having the first article be about the technical side of tech would be obvious, expected and trite. Kudos to Tatiana for having the ovaries to veer from the norm.


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