I love my people who work in, around, alongside, next-to, by-the-way-side, and with technology, and I don't give a damn what their gender is. I do know that there still aren't a whole lot of females coding but I'm putting my money on the fact that that's changing for the better.
This holiday, in honor of Ada Lovelace, happens every year, and this is my third celebration. Otherwise, it's been my tenth year as a lady coder, fifth as a New Yorker, and my first as an entrepreneur. None of those things have ever been easy, but, nothing good in life ever is.
I will say it's been a good year to be a working woman in this industry. We've got female politicians vying for a spot in the White House (even I don't agree with them, but I acknowledge that their presence is female-forward), a pregnant woman of color sells millions of records and looks positively fabulous while doing so, women winning the Nobel Peace Prize, pop icons actively influencing our technology, and continued tech opportunities in this economy wedged quite deeply in the crapper.
Allow me to go a step further on the importance of a pop icon to young people. Even though many say Lady Gaga's appearances at places like Twitter or Google were fluffy public relations efforts, they certainly work for one demographic, and that's me: the Lady Coder who feels like what she's doing is relevant, important, cool. I'm not sure why young girls think working in technology isn't cool, but I sure as hell hope that appearances like this one will help to change their mind. I can't even watch this Google-Gaga interview promo without tearing up!
Happy Ada Lovelace Day, to all the Ada's (including little baby Ada Gwozdziewycz, (c)2011). Get out there and kick some ass.