TNW Creations, LLC. Multimedia Publishing

Web Design & Development

Austin, Texas

It's hard to be a Geek Girl

(2019) Erin, CEO / Vet / Lead Developer of TNW Creations Web Design

But it's getting better.

I've always been interested in Technology. When I was a little girl in the 80's, I was disappointed to see Radio Shack advertising computer use for boys. It made me feel left out or like my interest in programming wasn't welcome.

 

I was home-schooled and graduated early so I was still pretty young when I began college. As a young teen in college, I was told flat out by a fellow male computer science student that I couldn't be a computer major

because, "girls weren't smart enough." I had no idea what to say to him. I was very upset. We were the only computer moderators in our UNIX computer lab. A week later, he infected our network with a virus he accidentally downloaded. He panicked and didn't know what to do. My female computer science professor asked me to help as I had become pretty reliable with network security. I eradicated the virus and felt vindicated over his inane remark regarding my intelligence. I never had to say a word to defend myself, my actions said it all.

 

In my 20's, I quickly found out that if I used a feminine gamertag and/or a microphone while playing an MMO, that male players would either hit on me or bully me, some even going as far as saying women weren't welcome. If I told them I didn't have a microphone and used a unisex name, I would be sent messages asking what gender and age I was but I always ignored the requests. Without my voice or username giving my gender identity away, I was treated like the incredibly talented gamer I was and given a host of compliments, rather than sexual offers or sexist insults.

 

Girls reaching equality in Technology has been an uphill battle for many decades. But I am thrilled to say we've made magnificent advancements in this area. My daughters will hopefully never know the challenges I faced. And I hope that companies will continue to portray women as leaders in tech, rather than only assistants to men in tech. If you are a business owner, I encourage you to keep gender equality in mind when choosing graphic design or images. Mix it up, keep it 50/50. I am personally mindful to show women and men equally in all professions when using visuals online.

 

Kudos to us for making huge strides. Let's keep it up!

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I've been programming, designing, writing and publishing professionally online since 1995. I've worn many hats throughout my life, but the common core of my career has always been media. Besides the portfolio you see on TNW Creations, my internet presence has been substantial for over 2 decades. In 1995, while still in college, I founded TNW Creations and became part of the grassroots development for teaching the Lakhota language online. By 2004, my bilingual work was listed on many sites, including National Geographic , Encarta and Touchstone Pictures Hidalgo. When I'm not designing and writing, you'll find me managing MagicStoryLand.Com, creating kid-friendly game & video content, posting salty articles about cyber threats and SEO, leading Girl Scouts, moderating UnifyLife.Org and enjoying my  community, church & family.