You can be a girl who writes code and wears makeup


I shared the tweet below on Twitter a few days ago, because I think it's important that as we teach kids to code with Small Basic, we maintain an "and" philosophy. You can be a girl who writes code and wears makeup. You can love STEM and liberal arts and music, theater, or art. You don't have to choose one or the other. You can pursue multiple passions, with a STEM career and a side project as an artist, you can be an artist who uses the power of STEM to share your talents with the world, you can be a teacher who uses STEM to enhance education and so much more. We're here to help kids learn to code so that they can try tech on, but not to force them into something that doesn't fit. We're here to show them that tech is not just about being a programmer, but a program manager, designer, datacenter technician, electrical engineer, game producer, recruiter and beyond.

We are each the sum of a number of unique, distinct parts, and that's what our Every Girl Can Code projects are about: bringing people together, in all their wonderful diversity, to make really cool things. I see that in our community, in our team and I see the results of it in our work.  So I'm going to keep matching my eyeshadow to the Small Basic logo when I teach kids to code, because it entertains me, and because it's one more way that I can show that I bring my whole, weird self to work, every single day.

 

P.S. For my Small Basic looks, I use the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette (Gonzo, Slowburn, Freak and Thrash, particularly), but there are a ton of other options out there too!

Comments (5)

  1. Dennise Courtney says:

    “We are each the sum of a number of unique, distinct parts, and that’s what our Every Girl Can Code projects are about: bringing people together, in all their wonderful diversity, to make really cool things.” SPOT ON!!!!!

  2. This is a great inspiration to girls! I’ll make sure my daughters read this. Thanks, Liz!

  3. Andrea says:

    It is possible to be the girliest of girls and the nerdiest of nerds. I’ve been doing it my whole life.

    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Ha! We nerds come in all types! Thank you, Andrea!

  4. Deva [MSFT] says:

    Great article, wonderful info. Thanks Liz 🙂

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