Diversity in a team makes the best working environment. It is not just about women but about a variety of skills, interests and personality. It helps create a well balanced team where everyone can learn and grow with each other.
I can only talk about my experience in the UK tech industry but hard work and dedication is always recognised. I came from a generic multimedia course so I didn’t have a very strong technical background. My interest lied more in design but I felt like I didn’t have the creativity for it, so I worked hard to get better technical skills and now I’m a full time Visual Developer. I get to work with loads of talented designers and developers and it’s the best way to learn.
After having worked for over 15 years in tech, I think things have changed a lot. Mentality has really evolved since I started, more and more women are joining this industry and even if it isn’t a 50/50 ratio we are slowly getting there. I do believe gender pay gap is still a thing in some companies but the more that women join the industry, the more we will be equal.
My dad was a developer for a french telecom company and he was often working on side projects at home or repairing/building computers which I often helped out with. One day, he showed me how to write HTML (no CSS in those days) and gave me a CD full of cliparts. The next thing I knew, I was writing a whole static site for all the lyrics of my favourite songs in Frontpage.