Tell us your story.
My *first* intro to digital was via BASIC coding on my Atari 400 and Prodigy dialup service, but I was never a serious hobby coder. Digital started as my career path in the mid 90's. I worked in the film industry doing standard off line jobs (casting, development), and was offered a job at a digital special effects company - and totally loved the tech. After a few years there, I moved east and worked at a start-up streaming video over dial-up, then went on to work on the very first Video@AOL. I moved away from video years ago, but I will always be grateful for the entrée it gave me into the wonderland that is tech.
What do you most want other women and young girls to know about being a woman in our digital culture?
What do I want them to know about working in digital? It totally rocks. Really. I wouldn't trade it for the world.
There are a million stories about the challenges of being a woman in tech, and while the challenges can be real, the upside is so 100% worth it. Technology is an ever changing, always fascinating space and I would encourage anyone, of any gender, to give it a shot. I would also encourage a broader view of what 'technology' or 'digital' means. It's not just writing programs, no matter what the popular media tells you. There is such a wealth of opportunity in the space, for a broad set of skills, that there is literally something for everyone here. Come join the party!