A women discusses her experience working in tech in the Midwest after being the only woman of color chosen to speak at a Google Dev Fest in Minneapolis, MN:
“Technology has long had a history of a lack of diversity and inclusion. 76 percent of jobs in the technology space are held by men, but yet and still, only 5 percent of jobs in the space are held by blacks and Latinos. Women of color shockingly make up less than 3 percent of the space.
Though I know the numbers, write the numbers and evaluate the numbers, it didn’t change the feelings that I felt when I found out I was the only woman of color presenting at a Google Dev Fest in Minneapolis, Minnesota — out of 60 plus speakers that were chosen and accepted.
This year will be my second year presenting on diversity and leadership in technology (the irony). As excited as I was to have my presentation accepted once again, I forgot about the harsh reality that was waiting for me right on the other side of happiness and anticipation.”
Originally published: 2/12/2018