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August 18: Women in Tech Weekly Issue 72

Happy Tuesday! This week’s issue has so many awesome reasons to celebrate women in this amazing community – join me in doing so 🥰

If you’d like to submit anything for next week’s issue, please do so using the submission form at the bottom of this post.

Celebrations 🥂🎉

Natalija started working on a new project and made progress with anxiety and stress management!

In her own words:

“I got a new project via people I worked before and it’s going to be interesting because this will be the first time I have any close contact to the blockchain, so I’m excited to learn more. Anxiety and stress management progress happened because I started making detailed to-do lists with time estimates for each task which helps me objectively review the amount of work I did and makes me feel like I “deserve” to rest at the end of the day.”

A post shared by Natalija Lovrinčević (@natalija411) on Oct 10, 2019 at 2:45am PDT

Madison published Women in STEM stickers on Instagram!

In her own words:

“I have created a bunch of fem-STEM stickers for Instagram stories. You can find them by searching “TheHippieHacker” to see my full collection. I hope this is a fun tool for takeovers or, daily stories!”

A post shared by madi ❖ tech ⟡ code ⟡ web dev (@thehippiehacker) on Jul 16, 2020 at 8:01am PDT

Steph started StemBabe business!

In her own words:

“I started a small business selling comfy work from home clothes for proud, wildly capable, women in STEM. Check out StemBabe on Etsy.”

🚀 Launch announcement: StemBabe, my Etsy store ✨⁣ ⁣ 💡 I had been working from (my parents’) home in LA and exclusively wearing the college sweatshirts and tech conf t-shirts that I left behind when I moved out. ⁣ ⁣ 👚 I made myself some STEM related cozy clothes, got stopped and complimented on a sweatshirt at Trader Joe’s, and turned it into a small business last month.⁣ ⁣ 🎉 60 sales and positive reviews from strangers (and 5+ behind the scenes iterations of design and SEO strategy) later, I’m announcing my Etsy store to you all! Check out StemBabe, heart your favorite items, and give me feedback on what you want to see next (link in bio or look up “StemBabe” on Etsy).⁣ ⁣ FAQ ⁣ ⁣ ✅ Quality: super soft and comfy. I make things I enjoy wearing ⁣ ⁣ 💸 Pricing: $18 t-shirts, $27 sweatshirts ⁣ ⁣ 🚢 Shipping times: About a week in the US, 1-3 weeks (depending on customs) outside of the US

A post shared by Steph (@_steph.js) on Aug 14, 2020 at 12:27pm PDT

Allison turned 30!

Happy Birthday, you absolute badass and my daily inspiration ❤️ Cheers to reaching this milestone, knowing what you want in life and being yourself! So grateful to call you my friend 🥰

A post shared by Alisaurus | Journal Enthusiast (@dynosoarlife) on Aug 10, 2020 at 8:51am PDT

Bree celebrated 2 years of being a software engineer!

What an amazing milestone, Bree! It’s wonderful that you take the time to reflect on your growth and achievements. You have reached so much and we are all super excited to see where you take your career!

✨ Two Years. Two years seems like a long time, but when I think back on all that’s happened in two years and how I’ve changed, it’s hard to believe it’s only been two years. This picture is of me at Magic Kingdom (Disney World is my happy place) during my birthday. ✨ The Bree from two years ago was in the homestretch of completing training with Revature and waiting to see which company I would have the pleasure of working with. I was on the verge of becoming a paid software developer and I can’t even tell you how many emotions I went through. ✨ I was afraid that I wasn’t good enough. I was nervous that somehow my coworkers would see through me and just know that I wasn’t an expert. Most of all, there was a nagging feeling that all the work I put in wouldn’t allow me to reach my goal. Anxiety told me that going to college and studying to be a software engineer wasn’t right for me. ✨ Looking back on those emotions and thoughts, it’s hard to recognize myself. There are so many things I’ve learned while working that I never would have learned from a tutorial or a textbook. I’ve had the opportunity to work with new technology and an amazing company. I’ve also had failures and experiences that have molded me into the confident developer I am today. ✨ For anyone that is questioning themselves and you’re worried that you’re not going down the right path, stick with it. Give it your all – even when you’re afraid. Even when people tell you that you can’t. You may not see the progress you’re looking for today or tomrrow. When you take a step back and compare yourself to who you are now and who you were even a month ago, the changes will be evident.

A post shared by Bree Hall | Software Engineer (@bytesofbree) on Aug 12, 2020 at 5:52am PDT

We all struggle with self-doubt, the need for external validation and that inner critic that never seems to chill and let us be.

But I want you to remember that you are wonderful, unique and are bringing so much value in this world. Sometimes it just takes intentional work to recognise that – and we should all have habits in place that remind us of our own self-worth. Click here to download my list of Self-Worth Strengthening Affirmations and Gratitude Prompts!

Resources 👩‍💻

Ashley says:

“This teaches women how to start their own WICS society and how to get sponsorships for it so they can grow the society and create bigger + better events by working with sponsors! I am Founder of WICS at St Andrew’s and I wanted to share the knowledge I gained along the way and things I wish I would have known when I was starting out! :)”

How Can Men Support Women in Tech – created and shared by me

I know many awesome men who want to support diversity and in particular women in tech, but don’t know where to start. Some say they don’t know how to approach it or that they are afraid to do or say the wrong thing. It can be hard to navigate being an advocate or an ally. So, I’ve decided to create this post specifically for those men.

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below and if you’d like to share something for next week’s issue, here’s the submission form!! Bookmark that and add anything you’d like to share in there 🙂

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