“What is it like being a black woman in tech?” It’s a question I commonly get, and the answer always begins with a sigh. The sigh is followed by a few microseconds of internal coaching in order to not get emotional before responding. How I can explain that it’s difficult without losing sight of how privileged I am to have such a great career? Basically, working in tech as a black woman is a rewarding, but uphill battle.
Since I was little, I’ve often been the only black person in the room. You’d think that after a lifetime of being an “other,” it would be easy to face it in my adult life, but it hasn’t been. The tech world was particularly isolating. On top of being the only black person in the room, I was also typically the only woman in the room. I often …
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