I Don't Like Articles about Women in Technology
Subject:   Perspective?
Date:   2007-09-12 20:10:58
From:   shelleyp
Response to: Perspective?

In what way are women who fight for a better way of life for future generations being victims?

By this standard, then, were the blacks who walked the streets for civil rights victims and not worthy of your regard?

You measure success by your work and what you have obtained. What about success for all women? Or is it each woman is on their own, and may the best one win?

I don't know all the writers for this series, nor do I know what they'll all write. But I can guarantee, there won't be one who will portray themselves as a 'victim'.

What I will say, though, is that there will be more than a few who sacrifice time and that 'success' you seem to value just so others have opportunities.

You mention Frederick Douglas. Frederick Douglas devoted his life so that others would have the opportunities denied him. By your reckoning, he fought for 'victims', and therefore can't be deemed a 'success'.

You think I'm going about this the wrong way? Why? Because I don't spend all my time fighting for my own success? According to your measure of success, then yes, I shouldn't have even spent time writing this article. I should have, instead, sought work that paid me, or work that contributed to my fame, or contributed to my own self interests.

As for flouting traditional roles, we who write to this series have one and only thing in common: we're all women in technology. There isn't one of us who hasn't, and continues, to flout traditional roles.

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