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Shocker: Pretty Women Can Work In Tech Too!


 

Model Lyndsey Scott has a shocking, amazing secret – she also enjoys coding and majored in computer science! She’s even developed her own apps all while modeling for brands like Gucci and Victoria’s Secret. Who knew having ladyparts and being pretty wouldn’t keep you from enjoying coding?! We’re all stunned. I know you are too.

In all seriousness, there’s a pretty great interview with Scott over at BusinessInsider where she talks about how she got her start in coding and why she enjoys it. She’s really active on a site called Stack Overflow where she helps other users by offering advice. She’s also created a couple of apps including one for portfolio creation for models and actors on the iPad and one that lets users fund explore and fund youth education in Africa.

When asked about how to get more girls into computer science, Scott has an obvious but true answer – give them the chance!

I know I personally became interested in programming when I was 13 or younger as soon as I realized I had a TI-89 calculator capable of being programmed and a book full of documentation. I think, in general, many young people would love to better understand what goes into making the technology they use on a regular basis, but too few of them are given the opportunity.

Just last month though, students around the world were in fact given an opportunity with the release of Code.org’s Hour Of Code and over 20 million of them tried programming for the first time within weeks. And please pass along this message for me to this “particular VC”: Most of them were girls!

Just like any other industry dominated by men (so: most of them), it really all comes down to opportunity and knowledge. Coding is something one can do as an individual, as Scott is proving, without necessarily needing to fight through the ranks of men currently working in tech. But for more girls and women to be interested in working in technology in the first place, they need to be aware of how to do the work by getting involved and getting educated, and that’s where the tech world needs to make a change. It’s great to see an already-visible woman out there repping women in tech and confusing misogynists everywhere.

(via Styleite, BusinessInsider, image via Vogue Italia)

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  • HamsterMasterSamster

    This is cool. Obvious, but cool.

    I remember being the only girl in my computing class at college, which was awkward until I took a lucky opportunity to change classes to one where a couple of my male friends were allocated. There were more of us when I got to uni for computer science, but we were still maaaaassively outnumbered. As far as I remember, we were always treated with the greatest of respect so I have no complaints there, but still, would love to see more of the ladies getting involved in tech!

  • Anonymous

    In the Air Force anybody can ask to be a coder (AFSC 3C0X2). There simply has to be a slot and you have to pass the test.

  • Anonymous

    Rad woc appreciation life.

  • Ashe

    Women of color are badass and killing it. Was there ever any doubt?

    I’m teaching myself Java, with the desire to learn C++ in the future. I’ve got a few years gap in-between from when I took a basic programming class in high school; I enjoyed it a lot, but was one of two girls in a sea of boys with a male teacher. .

    So, it was pretty awesome to hear him say this during his introductory speech:

    “Boys, don’t get complacent. There are only two girls here, but in my experience, they tend to work a lot harder than you do.”

    Here’s hoping all these amazing women and kickstart programs will encourage some widespread change these next few years.

  • Anonymous

    Young nubile women can get jobs. Whooo fucking hooo. Phone me when 40+ year old women get them as easily.

  • Skye

    I’d hire a 40+ year old self taught woman coder *because* I’m so used to seeing older people who are terribly un-tech savvy.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Considering how often people look down on models and the snideness regarding their capabilities beyond looking pretty, finding out about one who happens to be a skilled computer programmer is a nice change of pace. ^^

  • frankenmouse

    This article doesn’t really sit well with me. Why emphasize her appearance? I understand that it’s nice to see a highlight on female programmers and/or emphasize that models are more than their appearances, but the whole “See pretty women CAN be smart!” tone seems kind of patronizing. Not only that but it’s kind of awful to suggest that most women who work in tech are homely. “Look at this model! She programs! Not all programmers are hellish she-trolls!”

  • HamsterMasterSamster

    From the sarcasm in the title, I thought it was obvious the article was ripping apart the stereotype that pretty women = no brains and brainy women = awkward and unattractive and never the twain shall meet.

  • Jake Mertz

    Good for her that she likes coding! I tried my hand at that, and, well, let’s just say that’s why I got into film.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    Sorry, I have to agree with frankenmouse on this one. I would have much preferred if the article had been slanted along the lines of “hey, check out this really cool women who’s serving as a role model for girls who want to get into coding and, by the way, she’s a real model too” rather than “hey look at this beautiful professional model who codes in her spare time”.

  • athenia45

    I really wish I understood what coding was in middle school and high school. It wasn’t until college when I was trying to insert a picture into my livejournal that I realized what coding actually was/did! If someone had told me that it was more language than math, I would have been all over it!

  • Kristy

    I have to fully agree too. Women have been coding for years, I had classes in 9th grade back in the 80s. So when people talk about girls not coding now I am perplexed – did they stop teaching it? Did teachers start closing the classes to women? Because they were REQUIRED for us to graduate, back in early to late 80s. I don’t think my school was that high tech either, just a regular old public school, we also had to take typing, woodworking, art, drafting and music

    I ended up taking coding classes in college for fun and did well enough the teacher asked me to come back and suggested that I major in computers. But I got an art degree instead.

    I find it so hard to believe that people are shocked (was stunned mentioned above?) when it wasn’t like that 20-30 years ago. I have to say articles with wording like this don’t help.

  • Kristy

    I honestly think it is the tone of this article….I was coding in 9th grade, girls outnumbered boys in the computer club. Oh this was 1985, by the way.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    Exactly. My first computer was a VIC-20 (yes, I’m that old) and I’ve been involved with computers somehow for most of my professional life despite graduating with a Journalism degree. Yet when I see articles like this, I somehow feel that, because I’m not a pretty young thing, my skills, qualifications and experience just aren’t as important.

    It’s the same thing with “geek girls” – everyone points out Aisha Tyler, Felicia Day and even Charlize Theron (“hey, look, beautiful women can be geeks too”).. Y’know what? Plain old women like me can be geeks too. And have been for many years (at least 40 in my case).

  • Pink Apocalypse

    You have a valid point. Unfortunately it’s buried somewhere people might not notice, underneath a pile of misdirected anger.

    Sarcasm is the recourse of a weak mind. Be better than that.

  • Anonymous

    What you said about coding classes in the 80s was pretty awesome! But I never encountered coding in a school setting until an Intro to Info Technologies class in grad school. Whatever I knew before that I picked up on online forums/journals on my own.

    Actually, I remember that I wanted to learn C++ after a school trip to the local vocational school but it was strongly implied that it, and other trade classes, weren’t meant for students taking college prep classes at the high school; they were for tech prep students. I don’t know if it was just my district that was out of whack but coding in middle and high school was not available there. (this was early 2000s)

  • Kristy

    I liked what our school did, I mean, yes we had classes that are worthless now (typing and drafting by hand) but we had home ec, woodworking and music, typing, computers, and something else. That was 6-8 grades and we rotated every few weeks, the whole class.

    Then 9th grade started an intro to computers class that was coding and required for that grade. I clearly remember a COBOL class for sophomore or juniors. There was also another coding class, so you could track up, start with intro, take next level, then next level all 4 years. The computer club was HUGE, LOL, really, it was. I don’t remember the exact classes now except for COBOL.

    But yeah we did some funny stuff, created games and stuff like that. It is shame they don’t teach it now, that should be where the discussion starts for everyone, not just girls.