Female Engineers FTW
"Female engineer" is a loaded label. I've been working in technology, engineering, and science for most of my life. It all started in elementary school when my dad, a CTO for a newspaper in Alaska, signed me up for the after school program, Women in Technology and Science. Back then, I didn't think much of it. I just got to hang out with a bunch of "cool" girls who thought about the same things I did. Over the years, as I've been able to dig deeper into the engineering world, I've never seen a difference between male engineer, or female engineer (other than a lack of the latter). At the end of the day, code is code, a machine still thinks in numbers, and the UI is always improved by user feedback. Sometimes computer science can feel like a sausage fest, but whether a man or a woman has more say in the outcome of a project is irrelevant to its success.
We celebrated International Women's day last week, and this week Wired magazine put a female engineer on its cover for the first time. While I still like to think that being a man or a woman doesn't matter and that we're all working together to solve a problem, it's still pretty freakin' cool to see Limor Fried on the cover of April's Wired Magazine.