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Read moreIn February, I joined a Facebook event for women in tech called Tech Girls.
This was meant to celebrate the work of the tech companies that were sponsoring the event, including Airbnb, Dropbox, and Uber.
But it also represented a turning point in my life.
The event was my first step into tech, and it was an important part of a broader conversation about gender in technology.
I didn’t think I’d ever be in this position to do something like this, so I was excited.
But after a few weeks, it became clear that I didn: I hadn’t yet discovered my place in tech.
As a woman, it’s important to understand that this isn’t about my gender, but rather about the way tech works and the work I do.
I started working for Facebook, which, at the time, was a relatively new social network.
I was one of the first women in the organization, but my role as a developer, a product manager, and a community manager was relatively minor.
I knew that I could make a difference, and I knew the way Facebook made progress would be reflected in the way I was promoted and promoted.
But when it came time to get promoted to a more senior position, I was told that I was “not good enough,” which was a bit of a shock.
I thought that if I wanted to be promoted, I had to be a good engineer, a good product manager and a good community manager.
I also had to show up to meetings and answer emails and all that stuff, but no one would ever ask me questions about my work.
I got to the point where, in the company’s internal testing, I wasn’t even considered for a position I wanted.
Facebook’s internal tech testing is notoriously brutal.
At the time I was, as an engineer, considered a failure.
I had no experience with product development, and had to work in a team that was already understaffed.
So when I showed up to an internal tech meeting, the managers of the meeting looked at me with contempt.
One said, “You have no experience in tech at all.”
The other manager said, I don’t know how you came into this company, but you’re supposed to be great at tech.
I said, That’s what I do!
The manager responded, “It’s not your fault you didn’t get promoted because you’re not a good person.
I’m sure you’ve been told this before.”
It’s not surprising that the managers would feel this way, because it’s not easy for women to get into tech.
Even in tech companies, women are underrepresented in senior management.
As of March, women were only 14.5% of all tech managers, according to a report by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the diversity of tech companies.
(I’d say this is still lower than it was five years ago, but that’s because I didn´t start out at Facebook until my senior year of high school.)
When I got promoted to an engineering role at Facebook, I didn’ t even think about my lack of experience in technology at the outset.
I realized that this was a company that wanted to hire me because it wanted to build a better product, and that was why they were giving me the opportunity to work on the product.
And yet, as the product matured, it didn’t seem to care about the product I built.
When it came to testing, they said I was too technical, and when I asked to help with engineering, they didn’t want to listen.
In the first few months of working on the platform, I got a lot of feedback from people saying they didn´ t like me, that I looked too young.
One day, I realized I was the only woman on the team.
It was hard to find a mentor or a team member who respected me, and for the first time, I felt like a woman.
I felt more empowered, and even more excited to get to work.
My first week of work was an intense learning experience, which I attribute to the work ethic of my coworkers.
But at the same time, it was also really hard to focus on my work and be a team player.
At first, I thought I was just a girl in tech, but then I realized this was an issue I could really solve.
In the summer of 2016, Facebook started a new effort called “We Work.”
The goal of this new effort was to hire women in leadership roles.
I wasn´t given a chance to apply for a job, so the only people I could talk to were my co-workers and my coauthor, Sarah Darnell.
We had a few conversations, and we ended up discussing some of the issues we were facing, including