In this post I share takeaways, strategies, and resources from a conversation with women in technology on belonging, authenticity, and support. Access the resources and watch the webinar.
We all deserve to belong, and we can be very skilled at belonging as women in technology. But just in case there is a part of you that doesn’t feel whole at work, even a tiny whisper of doubt, you are not alone. If you sometimes feel like you are performing, adapting, or assimilating in inauthentic ways, you are not alone. We get so busy striving and surviving that our focus may become myopic, losing sight of ourselves.
Historically marginalized and excluded populations face tremendous challenges in technology, and sometimes we don’t even realize how we feel until we spend time with others experiencing the same.
Indeed, the culture and climate much change to be more welcoming for minoritized folks, but in the meantime, here are some specific strategies and resources:
Find community and belonging where you can. Connect with people, share your story, and listen to others’ stories.
If you feel you fit in “perfectly fine,” be thoughtful of the fact that others may not. We don’t want to accidentally be complicit in perpetuating the dominant norms just because they work for us.
Identify, seek out and nurture relationships with Allies & Advocates, Champions & Cheerleaders. Recognize who the “Queen Bees & Wannabes” are and reset your expectations and boundaries.