Portraits of Strength features women in STEM who have helped break barriers and achieved great things within their industry. These are the movers and shakers making a better world for future female leaders in STEM. Here are the stories of how they’re changing the ratio, serving as role models for girls and young women across Canada, and inspiring us all.
I am a Trendy Techie.
When I was 10 I wanted to be a serial entrepreneur or, that failing, a rock star.
I work as a Technical Evangelist, Fashion and Tech Writer @ Trendy Techie, Web & App Developer.
I am proud of when girls tell me I’ve inspired them to give technology a try. The most powerful way to influence girls to join tech is to lead by example and be a role model, and thanks to Trendy Techie and my work with Microsoft I’ve had the opportunity to influence many girls across the world.
The biggest obstacle I have faced was distance, since I attend university 2000 km from home. Technology has made it easier to stay in touch, but sometimes streams of bits just can’t beat a real hug and face-to-face heart-to-heart. If I ever have the opportunity to work on teleportation devices, you can bet I will!
My advice to women is “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you’re right.” (Henry Ford) It’s beyond true, and as a woman in a male-dominated field you have to learn to be fearless. Say yes to opportunities that are beyond your skillset, and prove to yourself – and to others – that you are limitless.