Introducing: Ruby Rails, female software engineer


(Andy Wootton) #1

Take a look at @goldieblox’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/goldieblox/status/600392895305109504?s=09

Well worth following for the quotations.


(Andy Wootton) #2

I didn’t realise that this wasn’t just a poster but a book and toy http://www.goldieblox.com/products/goldieblox-and-the-parade-float

To encourage any princess to dream that one day she might become a software engineer.


(Adré Du Toit) #3

Looks interesting - having a young daughter has made me somewhat more sensitive to this type of thing :smile:

If you’re interested in this stuff then you might want to take a look at the work Linda Liukas is doing. Her Hello Ruby books are in a similar vein. She gave a really inspiring talk at Bath Ruby this year.


(Andy Wootton) #4

I’m interested in encouraging girls and women to think that software and engineering are places they are allowed to work. I don’t like the culture of all-male environments, in general and I think we need the best brains we can get, whatever style of body they are attached to.

I should warn you that it can all go horribly wrong. I tried to get my daughter interested in maths and engineering and she became an architect. I assumed my son would be interested automatically ‘because boy’ and he studied fine art. I totally failed to enforce my will upon them. What was the point of having children? :slight_smile:


(Daniel Hollands) #5

This looks a lot better than when Barbie tried to be a programmer.


(Andy Wootton) #6

Have you watched the video by the founder? That is very instructive (for men) about the sexism facing women who want to be engineers. It started with her mother. There’s another one about engineering on YouTube, “Let your brother do it. That saw is dangerous.” Girls have to be protected from risk and dirt by men. I was very proud when my daughter asked for her first hammer-drill :slight_smile:


(Andy Wootton) #7

Now with added Marvel Ant Man & Raspberry Pi

Take a look at @goldieblox’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/goldieblox/status/608033446674448384?s=09

I’d love to know where the magic ball is from which people get these projections of how many software engineers we’re going to need.