International Women's Day 2017

Today is International Women's Day, but I'm not participating in the A Day Without A Woman general strike. I will certainly be wearing red in solidarity; however, aside from it being a very privileged event—not all women can afford to take a day off from work—I'd rather not have all of the women at my company vanish for the day.

You see, there is already an obvious dearth of women and gender non-conforming people in the tech industry. If we disappeared, even for a day, our absence would hardly be noticed because our presence is often entirely over-looked in the first place. I would rather women flood these tech companies—a sea of red shirts, and hats, and lips—instead of fleeing from these places where we are trying to increase our presence and our worth.

I realize there is a degree of awareness brought by marches and rallying in the streets to which smaller actions cannot always contribute; but I feel that by continuously infiltrating my non-diverse work surroundings—sharing my presence and experiences—I'm doing more to change my industry than I would if I were absent, even for just a day.

Paige PauliComment