How One Full Stack Engineer Finally Found Her Way Home

I used to be a tech podcaster. We would stream our show live in front of a mostly male, mostly older, mostly techie audience, many of whom would join in a live chat that would scroll on a screen in front of us. Whenever I would lament the fact that there weren’t more women engineers designing the tech products we use every day, men would inevitably chime into the chat to say, “there weren’t ever any women in my CS classes,” or “all the women in my CS classes dropped out to do other things.” These virtual shrugs used to drive me crazy for so many reasons, one of…