Fitting in, revisiting #DisabilityTooWhite, and kids that are doing it right

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Fitting In: The Benefits and Setbacks of Being A Woman in A Male-Dominated Workplace: A woman reflects on how the way she dressed surprised her coworkers and why that was problematic for her because she didn’t want compliments on how she dressed, she wanted them to acknowledge and compliment her work.

Revisiting #DisabilityTooWhite One Year Later (Hint: There’s Still A Problem): An article revisiting a tweet from a year ago from Vilissa Thompson on her goal for the hashtag #DisabilityTooWhite to continue the conversation that it started — to address the erasure, exclusion, harm, and invisibility disabled people of color experience in [the larger disabled] community.

Holyoke Teens Develop Anti-Bullying App: A group of teenage girls worked together to develop an anti-bullying app called AllSides. It includes advice for victims and perpetrators of bullying, motivational videos, and contact information for emergencies.

This Oakland high school robotics club should be the future of a more diverse tech industry: “When we go to competitions, we really don’t look like the other teams that are there,” said Kai Drayton-Yee, one of the leaders of Oakland Tech’s robotics team, who is Chinese, Japanese, and black.


Greater Than Code Episode @033: Mental Illness with Greg BauguesGreg Baugues talks about how mental illness affected his life and early career as a software developer. Collectively, we (myself included this week!) discuss stigma, shame, fear, personal experiences, and coping mechanisms.

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Understanding ‘Spoon Theory’ and Preventing Burnout” by Jameson Hampton

“Spoon theory is a metaphor about the finite energy we each have to do things in a day. While a healthy, advantaged person may not have to worry about running out of ‘spoons,’ people with chronic illnesses or disabilities and members of marginalized communities often have to consider how they must ration their energy in order to get through the day. Understanding how ‘spoons’ can affect the lives of your developers and teammates can help companies lessen the everyday burdens on their underrepresented employees, leaving them more spoons to do their best work, avoid burnout and lead fulfilling lives.”

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Mandy Moore, also known around the Internets as @therubyrep, is a podcast production expert, mother of orange tabbies, and sucker for bad reality television. She adores her 7-year-old daughter, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and sitting around fire pits while listening to country music. She is a huge advocate for STEM education and women in technology. She is also the show manager and maintainer of Greater Than Code

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