Annabelle Thomas Taylor

Just your average opossum-lovin’, Doc Martens-wearin’, JavaScript-codin’ kind of gal.

Annabelle Thomas Taylor

Just your average opossum-lovin’, Doc Martens-wearin’, JavaScript-codin’ kind of gal.

Snippet: Coding for Little Annabelle

Original article published on Dev.to on March 8, 2019

For International Women’s Day, I took some time to reflect on my experience as a woman in tech. Here’s a sneak peak:

Majoring in computer science in college initially seemed like a no-brainer, but things began to change. On top of some garden-variety anxiety and depression that certainly would have come down to play in any scenario, I experienced my first taste of how cutthroat the tech scene can be. A boy I once sought help from grabbed my laptop from me and deleted my entire homework assignment. Multiple times I went to male classmates’ dorm rooms for what I assumed were study sessions but turned out to be overtures for romantic or sexual favors. My senior year, I went to a professor’s office hours for help on a homework problem and was told that some folks were cut out for this field, but others weren’t, and wouldn’t I be happier if I dropped his class?