Lately, I've been thinking about what it means to be a role model and whether or not it's important in various aspects of my life.
I vaguely remember often being told that, as the oldest, I was a role model for my younger siblings. I couldn't imagine why they'd want to copy me at all, because I was shy and, frankly, no fun. I remember looking up to my older cousin and copying her style, mannerisms and habits pretty relentlessly. I'm fairly certain that drove her nuts.
So, I'm going with the idea that role models do matter and even if I don't want the job, I probably am a role model to someone, somewhere.
I'm sure that influences what I end up reading while aimlessly picking through my social media feeds. Today I read this article written by a computer science professor at Stanford. All solid, but these were the two best parts:
1. The title: I'm a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you. Ladysplain? Heh.
2. Second, the closing sentence: "For today — given what women in tech have had to deal with over the past week — try pouring a cup of coffee for a female coder in your office, and asking her about the most interesting bug she’s seen lately."