I have a GoFundMe in order to try to help offset some of the tuition cost of Ruby school next year. In the part where I talk about why people should send me money, I mentioned my interest in living my values.
Also, honestly, I’d like to put my values to work. I can complain and retweet articles all day about how tech needs women, but I’m not doing anything to actually help the situation. I’d like to put my money where my mouth is, so to speak.
I read a lot of tech blogs, and follow a number of women in tech on Twitter, which means that I see a lot about the terrible sexism that seems endemic to the tech world. While GamerGate is only the most recent example of misogynistic assholes being themselves, it’s not like there’s a lack of terrible news. I waver between competing impulses: should I avoid the news in order to still maintain the delusion that this is a good idea for my future, or should I face the truth and go into programming with a reasonable expectation of what I might face?