I had a stunning number of women volunteer to write chapters for Women In Tech, the book we just kickstarted. I think somewhere around 150 women volunteered at last count, and I keep getting emails! I was honored and thrilled that so many women wanted me to help them tell their story, and I’m so proud to announce now that we’re launching a Medium channel to provide a platform for women to tell their stories in the same way that Brianna, Keren, Kristin, Angie, Kamilah, Miah, Katie, and I are. If you write a great story, you may get an email from me about future work 😉
We’re also looking for a publication editor on an ongoing basis, so please let me know if you’re interested in helping women tell their stories!
HOW TO SUBMIT:
If you’re interested in telling your story, I have to make you a writer for the publication. Send me an email with your Medium username so I can add you, and then I’ll have you submit your essay to https://medium.com/stories-from-women-in-tech/submissions! I’m a little new at this Medium thing, so if you have any issues submitting your essay, just email or tweet me and I’ll get you fixed up.
If you follow this structure, more or less, you’ll get to the heart of your life and experiences. Vary or change this any way you see fit; this outline is just intended to give you a place to start.
- Growing up
- Where were you born?
- What was it like growing up as you?
- What is your family like?
- When did you start to have an interest in tech?
- Did you go to college? What did you major in?
- Early career
- Did you start out in technology?
- How did your career start to grow more and more aligned with what you’re doing now—or did it?
- What early lessons did you learn as you started working in all your different jobs that helped teach you what you needed to know to get where you are?
- What are some of the times that you felt that you couldn’t keep going on?
- What made you push through?
- Are you happy doing what you do?
- What will some of your next goals be?
- What do you do to help others succeed and what are your passions involving mentoring and volunteering?
- Is it possible for others to do what you did?
- If you could go back and change anything, would you—and why?
- What do you wish people knew about you that they don’t?
- What do you hope telling your story will accomplish?
- Liberally sprinkle this whole essay with examples that focus in on how you felt at times when you were at decision crossroads and what made you make the choices you did.
- Do not let your own modesty stop you from talking about yourself. Talk about yourself and your accomplishments instead of doing a general critique of the system.
- Think of this autobiographical essay as an explanation of how you got where you are now. This is a moment to show what you did, not tell others how to replicate what you did. Huge numbers of women in tech (including me) did not have a computer science degree and came into tech through a side door faced with difficult decisions, self teaching, and life-altering moments.
- This is only about you, your story, and how other women can see possibilities for themselves through your story. Use “I” statements instead of “you” statements. I can’t wait to hear from you!