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Red Team, Blue Team: the Only Woman On the Team 247

Posted by timothy
from the perspective-shifting dept.
ancientribe writes "Cyber security pro Kerstyn Clover in this Dark Reading post shares some rare insight into what it's like to be a woman in the field. She ultimately found her way to her current post as a member of the incident response and forensics team at SecureState, despite the common societal hurdles women face today in the STEM field: 'I taught myself some coding and computer repair in probably the most painstaking ways possible, but my experiences growing up put me at a disadvantage that I am still working to overcome,' she writes."
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Red Team, Blue Team: the Only Woman On the Team

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  • by lagomorpha2 (1376475) on Thursday January 30, 2014 @02:47PM (#46112613)

    "'I taught myself some coding and computer repair"

    Ah yes, that tough hurdle that few women, or indeed men, manage to accomplish.

  • by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Thursday January 30, 2014 @03:22PM (#46112901) Homepage Journal

    An anecdote: My wife works in an accounting department that was, until recently, all women.

    When they hired their first male accountant (a new college grad with absolutely no experience), he was given an office all to himself, despite the fact that my wife (a controller, no less) has been sharing an office with a temp worker for the past several years.

    Why did he get his own office, when she has more education, experience, and seniority? Because, as she put it, "all the other women here are scared of his dick."

    So yea, women being treated differently is an issue in the workplace, but don't try and bullshit me by saying men are the only ones engaging in discrimination.

Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done. -- James J. Ling