Killing the brogrammer stereotype
Project manager Mindy Marshall writes about women in IT.
When Mindy Marshall finished school, she hadn't considered a career in IT. The brogrammer stereotype - "a man in a hoodie and thick rimmed glasses, typing code furiously in a dark room somewhere" - steered her away. This is all too typical, but ten years later Mindy has a different story to tell.
In a new opinion piece for Stuff, IT industry working to encourage women, banish stereotypes, she explains how role models helped her find her way into IT, and describes the success she's enjoined since then - particularly while working at Jade.
Mindy's article was also published in this week's Sunday Star-Times, Dominion Post and other Fairfax papers. Describing how she made her way from school leaver to Jade leader, It shows how we're breaking stereotypes - what works, and what the industry needs to keep doing.
"Over the course of my career at Jade Software, I have been involved in development opportunities and was included in the Jade Leadership Programme. As a result I became good friends with senior women in the company. Having someone to look up to and set an example for how far I could go in this industry really motivated me to work as hard as I could. I think it's great how women who are successful in the sector encourage others to also succeed."
Read the full piece: IT industry working to encourage women, banish stereotypes