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Probably one of the saddest parts of leaving birdsite was that I’d spent a pretty decent amount of time trying to add and follow a lot more women in tech, and I miss hearing from them.

Help me balance my follows out and suggest some awesome to follow (cis/trans, it’s all good). Boost this, maybe even reply with yourself, maybe we can get a good list of voices.

@bowers wow the response to this has been overwhelming… I’m going to do my best to check out all the suggestions and rad women involved here! And you don’t have to be some known rockstar/unicorn/guru silliness… I’ve been in the field for ages but no one knows me, so all levels and specialities are great.

@bowers That’s me! Full-stack web dev and newish superfan, plus an organizer of tech and tech-adjacent events.

@brianalmorgan nice! I don’t want to reveal the last time I dabbled with Django, as I’ll feel publicly old. 😅 but after several years of not coding, I’ve spent the last few weeks playing with react… reminds me why I stick to the UX side.

@bowers I need to beef up my JS skills. React is on my list. It seems intense! I also want to get better with JS for a11y reasons. There are always so many things to learn.

@brianalmorgan I found starting with Gatsby and related tutorials to be super helpful, but yeah, I’m shockingly bad at JS. I’m amazed I’ve built up about 90% of a design system site with it, though.

@bowers I am a trans woman in tech and I’m gonna jump into the #WomenInTech tag and follow ALL y’all

@aquinton awesome! Hi! We need more React nerds who are also CSS nerds. Most of our FE-engineers are so heavy in the JS they look at CSS like a dark art. 😁

@bowers I tweet about clojure pretty regularly from this account. @effye is another woman to follow

@bowers @bellebcooper is a woman running an indie software business (with me!) and doing iOS and Android development.

@joshsharp @bellebcooper nice! I lived in Melbourne abt 16 years ago… miss it every day. Okay, maybe not the white tails and hookturns, but generally it set a high bar for a good city.

@bowers @bellebcooper you know, I don't think I've ever encountered a white tail... Not knowingly, anyway. But I do love Melbourne :) Where are you now?

@joshsharp @bellebcooper oh you’re lucky. Caught one in a jar (but that was in Bendigo, tbh) and lets just say it was not something nature should abide.

I’m in Austin Texas, which has the heat of Oz but not all the other bits. Like seasons. And trams.

@bowers woman in tech here c:
though I don't often post about my work for various reasons (mostly privacy)

@EliteKonataFan oh I get that… I legally can’t talk about some former employers 😳
The thing I like about all this is we’re not just what we do, and that helps vary our life experience and become better at including more people. :blob_uwu:

@_whitni indeed you are! Already enjoying your feed today. Nice to meet you. :blobderpy:

@platypus @aparrish that’s better than theoretically, I guess. Hi! And @aparrish was one of my first follows. Good call!

@bowers *raises hand* I'm an outsider indie dev but totes "in tech"

@amydentata I have a feeling being an “outsider” is pretty common here, so welcome inside. 😊

@moiety @sonniesedge@mastodon.technology @hober @webinista@toot.cafe @Tatianamac wow, such a loaded list. Awesome and thank you and hi y’all!

@bowers I'm not a woman in tech, but I am pretty sure I'm following a few. Hopefully this will boost the message.

@CoralineAda hiiiiiiii! I’m going to do my best JVN here but omg I love your hair.

@bowers to quote myself from t'other day: "I wonder if searching for #followfriday or #ff on the instances listed in kitty.town/@GinnyMcQueen/10056 would skew more female (assuming 1. female-led instances attract more women, and 2. a search there will only find toots that instance knows about)"

@IntegralDuChemin hallo! Guten abend. Also, I haven’t spoken German in about 20 years, but welcome and good to meet you. New to tech or just mastodon?

@bowers Just new to mastodon :)
I'm a physicist so I should know a thing about technology or even two. Well as a theoretician I know less about nowadays technology than the average experimentalist at least when it comes to electrodynamics but I can work quite well with computers - be they quantum or not ;-)

And as we cannot avoid experiment during our studies I also know how a laser works and how to work with it in the lab. And I love to balance spoons on my finger to learn about their center of mass.

What about you?

@IntegralDuChemin I love even trying to comprehend half of that! Physics is a hobby/reading passion, but my main gig is creating design systems and improving usability and accessibility in software.

@bowers Thanks for the compliment, that's very kind of you. What you do sounds quite interesting as well - software engineering - right?

@IntegralDuChemin I work in tandem with the engineers… user experience design. 🙂

@bowers hey. i write text for accessibility and design UI/UX that is good for users first and foremost.

i contributed to mastodon, lollipop cloud, helped found glitchsoc, contributed to glitchsoc and sleeping.town AND pleroma a decent bit, i hope to contribute even more, too, to federated open source social media.

(boosts ok/welcome, i want tech folx following me on here tbh)

@hoodieak hell yeah, that’s basically my ethos! Looking forward to this.

@bowers search for "mastodon" on twitter, filter by your followings, look at introductions hashtag and keep an eye to the federated timeline, sometimes known people appears there

@bowers
Hiya, lots of interest in tech, although being youngish I have no work in it. ^.^ 👋

@faye hey we all have to start somewhere! Welcome and pleased to meet you.

@bowers I'm a tech gal. I coach Sysadmins right now, but someday I'll ascend into the pure light of AI/ML/NN research.

@churusaa I’m pretty sure when that happens you become pure energy.

@bowers Health care doesn't always feel like "in tech" but I'm a data scientist.

@mcmoots oh I’m big on health care and people who stop me from dying.

@bowers I'm a trans agender person in tech.

I also recommend following @aredridel and @dariaphoebe .

@bowers
Depends on how you define "tech". :) Chemist/postdoc working to spin out a start-up, really involved in the innovation ecosystem for my area (PNW). Hiya!

@hafnia oh hell yes that counts. Also I really miss the PNW… Texas was a bad move (but Seattle was getting too damn pricey).

@bowers well, hello! :) I love it out here (not in Seattle or any of the major cities, smallish university town). Haven't been priced out yet! Moved here from the Southwest, and I've yet to regret it, even with the current "the air is smoke, smoke is the air" weather we're having. Pleased to meet you!

@hafnia I could take a guess where in the evergreens that town is, but yes, I love it there. Many friends all up around there (even living out in places like Graham, etc). Our concern about moving back would be my need to commute from Tacoma to DT SEA, which is a touch more than my 15 min commute now.

@bowers
I love Tacoma and Seattle both, but yes, after visiting again last fall, I'm reminded of why I don't live in the city...I like my ten minute commute, thank you!

@bowers Hi! I'm a nonbinary transgirl who is ostensibly still in tech despite my insistence on having quit software engineering to pursue music and game dev. But I still code a lot and think about technology stacks and stuff. It's a bad habit I just can't break.

@fluffy I’ve tried so hard to quit coding (I saved some sanity by keeping it at most a hobby) but I’m inherently techie. Also, Seattle! My old home of 8 years. Miss it (but not the cost of living)

@bowers ... that SEE was "SRE" in the original. Damned phone autocorrupt. ^v^

@orrery oh lordy autocorrect destroys my ability to communicate almost as much as my spoonerisms and social anxiety.

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