Company: YourDigiGirl Solutions
— Bio —
I'm a self-professed idea nerd and compulsive question-asker. I joke that I probably have scars on my tongue, since I do try to 'bite my tongue' and keep my questions to a socially acceptable range; however, a kind of compulsive curiousity has been my nature since I was very little.
Of course, age lends wisdom (or something) and these two tendencies of question-asking and idea formulation have probably been responsible for my having tolerated (or been tolerated) in groups, both informal and formal, in which I was often the lone female. Although my teaching area was in the highschool language arts, I always drifted over toward the conversations and 'how-to's' regarding anything "tech" related. I had no real desire at the time to program anything; I just wanted to get my hands on any and all software that could either ease mine or my students' workflow, or was just plain cool to use!
Thus, I somehow earned the nickname "Hey, TechieGirl!" or "Go ask Ms. DigiGirl how to do that"....and it just stuck when I quit teaching and started working for a software distributor, as a trainer. All of my coworkers were guys who'd been traditionally (and much more thoroughly) trained in all things IT and networking.
Very fortunately for me, one guy in particular had the patience of Job, never batting an eye when answering my frequent and terribly basic questions, so that I could feel confident about training my end-users. At the time, I didn't consider that my comfort in stopping someone and asking for clarification as anything out of the ordinary, but as I observe women in the workplace today, I've feel more and more compelled to write on this topic, along with several other issues I hold dear. At the time, I wasn't trying to break down any barriers to prove anything -- I just didn't know better than to look until I found someone who'd help a 'stranger in a foreign land.' I see magazine articles about the shortage of women in various technical fields and committees formed to try to solve the problem. I'm champing at the bit to share my two cents for some common sense solutions, as well as be an encouraging voice to other women who might feel a little lonely in their positions.
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