A successful software engineer shares why gender diversity in the tech world matters most to her.
By Tracy Chou (Software Engineer, Pinterest)
Makers Should Represent Users
The quality, relevance, and impact of the products and services output by the technology sector can only be improved by having the people who are building them be demographically representative of the people who are using them. I care about this both as a consumer and a producer of technology.
Equal Economic Opportunities
Lucrative jobs and careers in technology are a great economic opportunity, and particularly for a growing lower class in our increasingly inequitable society they can be a transformative one; it simply seems unfair and shameful that this opportunity is not available to a large portion of the population because of systemic social biases and lack of awareness and access.
Strength in Numbers
I have very personally felt the overwhelming loneliness, self-doubt, and frustration that often comes with the minority status of a woman in engineering. As much as I can help others get through or avoid those difficult stretches that I myself had to weather, I’d like to. As a bonus, the more women (and minorities) that enter and don’t leave the field, the better it all gets for everyone, including me!
This post originally appeared on Medium.
About the guest blogger: Tracy Chou is a software engineer at Pinterest, currently on the monetization team; she was previously at Quora, also as an early engineer there. Tracy graduated from Stanford with an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, where she was a Terman Scholar and Mayfield Fellow and elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. With initiatives in the workplace and the community, Tracy works actively to promote diversity in the tech industry and has pushed for greater transparency and discussion on the topic with a Github project crowdsourcing data on women in software engineering.