“We don’t want to lower the bar just so we can fund more women-owned businesses.”
Let me tell you what it is like being a woman running a tech company.
- Until 11 pm last night, I worked on data analysis, writing code to reformat data from character to date format so I could use it in calculation, computing number of unique users and conducting psychometric analyses.
- Then, Dennis passed me off the PHP code he had finished, and I worked until 1:30 am this morning augmenting that for the new reporting features for some of our existing games.
- I got up at 10 am and started page by page through our new game, Aztech: Meet the Mayas , filing bug reports and assigning bug fixes. I found a few spots where the drag and drop wasn’t working on the iPad version because jquery mobile had been left out.
- I went through the morning email, including one from Gonzalo telling me we now have Fish Lake in the Microsoft Store.
- After two meetings, one on the release deadline for Aztech and a second on marketing, I recorded two podcasts.
- Read through twitter a bit how there are no women in tech because they are genetically inferior. Curiously, none of those people tweeting how appalled they were and calling for the heads of all the sexist jerks who disrespect and harass women had backed us on Kickstarter.
- Then, I took 20 minutes to write this blog before walking home, going out to dinner, because both Dennis and I had birthdays last week, then, I’m going home to start on the data analysis again until probably 11 pm.
- Somewhere in there, because we are currently down one sales/marketing person, I will also be sending out emails, editing a video and doing a post for medium. Hopefully, tomorrow, I will get back to actually working on the game itself.
Over and over, I read how female founders don’t get funding, and then I read another article about how women are just not aggressive enough, too family focused, not interested in tech and that’s why they aren’t as successful.
Three things are irritating as hell about this.
First of all, I am busting my ass every day trying to make these games better and this company better.
I have been programming so long I have used a key punch machine!
I’m certainly not alone. To all of those women who have been here, yes, ever since Fortran class in the 1970s, it’s a bit of a slap in the face to have people talking as if there are no women interested in programming, as if they don’t have the drive or the experience.
Secondly, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy, when you constantly are telling women how much they suck, when you don’t give them a fraction of the same funding, when you act as if they are invisible and then say, “Look, they just aren’t cut out for this.” In fact, the women who succeed despite the lack of support, in fact, despite the constant disrespect and disregard, are some of the strongest, most resilient people you will ever meet.
The third thing that irritates me, Maria kind of mocks me about because she just considers everything on social media as the digital equivalent of hot air. Seriously, though, if every person who #womenintech or #diversityintech bewailed sexism or lack of opportunity or the latest asshole remark by some CEO actually went and backed a product with a female or diverse founder, that would go a long way toward leveling the playing field.
Personally, I’ve backed six products on Kickstarter. That’s not as many as some people, but it is just my own way of supporting the changes I want to see. It can’t always be up to someone else.
P.S. To all of the people who DID back us on Kickstarter. Thank you! You rock! I hope you love the games and the schools will, too.