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[On-Demand Talk] Women and Tech: Why Representation Matters

About this talk

It's no secret: the percentage of women and non-binary people in technology is much lower than that of men. And that number drops even more in leadership positions.

In this lecture, we will talk about representation: What is it? Why does it matter?

I'll talk about how thinking deeply about this can literally change the lives of the people involved and how those of you who are not women can support and help with actions (not just posts on Twitter).

Talk Recording


🌈 Comment below and ask me questions — I might just answer them during my live speaker discussion!

About me

Hi! I'm Pachi, your friendly developer relations person. After nannying for years, I started learning to code while building meaningful connections within the dev community. As a native Brazilian, I infuse her experience as an immigrant woman in tech into my work. My goal is to create newbie-friendly content to help make tech should be accessible to all. When I'm not live coding on Twitch, I watch anime, read too many romance novels, and complain about the patriarchy on Twitter.

This on-demand talk is part of CodeLand 2022 — a virtual conference brought to you by CodeNewbie & DEV on June 16 & 17, 2022.

Discussion (17)

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Ella (she/her/elle)

In the past, I've worked in remote teams with mostly male software developers. For the most part, it's been great - except for when I've gotten steamrolled on Zoom calls.

While my coworkers have typically been kind and I think their values are in a good place, they REALLY talked over me. I've tried to interrupt them back but I'm not going to scream in a meeting to be heard. Do you have any advice for when this happens in future teams? I'd really like to nip this frustrating behavior in the bud without accusing them of sexism right away!

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Lara Krefski

I'm really looking forward to this talk. As a woman developer, I have really had to deal with discrimination and prove myself to my male counterparts. I have had to work extra hard to get respect and fight against biases.

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Raúl González Cruz

In Mexico there are more and more events to invite women and LGBT community to take part in STEM activities. So proud this path makes possible to include more and more people (because tech is for everyone)!

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Hi Pachi. Thank you for your talk! It was really good for me to hear your point of view. I want to become a better ally and I'm trying to learn more and more and your tips at the end really helped, especially the one to encourage the women in one's life to pursue a career in coding.

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TJ Phan

Coming into the tech field, I really had no idea how gender skewed this culture is. I've been so lucky to be surrounded by women who code that convinced me that there are more of them than the statistics.

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Valeria Cerpa Salas

It is encouraging that there is more female representation. I am personally very grateful to all my mentors who have guided me in the process of starting a path in tech. Let's support these spaces so that more women choose to work in tech.

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brian bethencourt

Do you have any tips for getting started with Twitch streaming?

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Solakunmi Oyedele

@pachicodes That was an awesome talk. I love your sense of humour and all the important points mentioned! Just on the side, Have you read the Storm and Silence series? You kinda remind me of Patsy, one of the main character's friends 😁😁

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Nice talk to our women in tech, inspiration!

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Maria Silva

Thank you Pachi! I'm really curious to learn more about your journey into tech and how you learned to code, can you share?

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I'm quite familiar with topics like representation and was looking forward to your talk! I liked it and totally agree with you, thank you Pachi.

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Michael Burkhardt

Thanks Pachi!

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Thank you for sharing Pachi! Great panel!

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We should do more to encourage women give coding or a career in tech a try. Be each others support. Thanks for your presentation Pachi.

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How do you find the self-confidence and stand out with so many men trying to make you feel/look small?

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This is motivating!

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Kit Fenrir Amreik

How are you/do you have advice to present ourselves when we are marginalized in order to be seen?