Welcome to A Girl In Tech. Let’s start with a quick introduction: the title suggests this blog is about girls in the tech industry – and I will share my thoughts on the subject, but it is above all a blog where I’ll talk about my projects (and even random things).
By sharing this with you, I mostly hope to inspire girls who are attracted to technology but did not pursue this path because they felt it was not for them. I also think there is a need for change in people’s mind when it comes to girls and computers. Sure, the idea of a girl being able to write code is more and more accepted, but there are a lot of clichés that come with this idea. My biggest issue with the current situation is that for most people, femininity and computers are not compatible. I sincerely wish that this changes quickly, and hopefully this blog will contribute to this change.
Who am I?
My name is Katia and I’m a French student and soon-to-be-graduate in a French Engineering School. During my 2nd year, I specialized in computer science and for my final year my major is Video games and digital interactions. My two parents are computer science engineers so I was introduced to computers very early in life and developed a strong interest for technology really young.
When I was a kid, my grandfather bought me a lot of gifts that were considered “for boys” at the time, such as kits for science or electronic experiments, lots of legos, robots… I think that helped shape me into who I am today: I’m interested in all sorts of things, even in fields that are “male-dominated”, because that’s just how I was raised. I was never taught the difference between a Barbie and a snap circuit.
Why this blog?
First of all, I have a lot of personal projects in mind, but I also have a lot of work and I rarely make time for the projects that are not for school but for myself. I want this to change. I know that if I commit to a project by sharing updates on my blog, I will make time for it.
I also want to share my previous work and my motivation to get better at programming so that it may give some people (not only girls but they are indeed the main target) the little push they need to get into programming themselves and be happier with their lives.
Finally, I want bias to end and the general opinion to change, and even if I know it’s tricky and it won’t happen overnight, I at least have to try to make a small difference.
Is this useful to you?
I will try my best to give advice and tips about programming or developing a project, so if you’re new to this, you might find some helpful information here.
If you’re already an experienced programmer and I have nothing to teach you, then this blog might just be a source of entertainment.
If you think that girls should be in the kitchen and not behind computers then YES, this blog is definitely for you! Just read and you’ll be surprised to learn that your point of view and the reality are two very different things.
If you would like me to discuss certain topics, just ask and I’ll see what I can do 🙂
A girl in tech.
Note: As I mentioned, I am French so my English may not be perfect. If you spot an error, please let me know.