Sunday night: As the workday
approaches, boredom sets in, and the woman in tech looks to her computer to try to stave off the dull. However, as most of her friends have a social life / family, no one is online.
Monday: There is a persistent
rumor in the startup world that Mondays should be joyous things and that you’re so eager to get started on your project that you feel like a regular (non-startup) Joe on a Friday at 4 PM. I can neither confirm nor deny the veracity of this statement, as the Startup Police would come after me.
Wednesday: You sit on a
panel in the conference, and the presenter refers to you as a “woman in tech.” You’re not sure whether to be flattered, or whether there’s just more pressure on you now not to say something dumb.
Thursday: Back at work, you
push the limits of what you know and do something you’ve never done before. Instead of bragging, you celebrate internally—or happy dance.
Ultimately, your week isn’t that
different than it would be for a guy in tech. You’ve networked, gotten stuff done, and tried desperately to kill off your rapid inbox. What’s so different about being a woman in tech?
“SURE, HE [FRED ASTAIRE] WAS
GREAT, BUT DON’T FORGET GINGER ROGERS DID EVERYTHING HE DID… BACKWARDS AND IN HEELS.” —Bob Thaves, in “Frank and Earnest”