International Women's Day 2018 will bring together friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive in order to positively fuel the global momentum striving for gender parity with this year's theme; #PressforProgress.
To celebratethe positive achievements of the women working at Net Natives, we caught up with Cassie Evans, one of our influential and inspiring women and a Creative Developer, to share her thoughts, advice and achievements.
What challenge(s) did you face and overcome to get to where you are?
Although the tech industry’s notorious for sexism and gender imbalance, I’ve had nothing but support on my journey. There are so many initiatives at the moment to help increase diversity in tech. Every conference I’ve gone to has given away scholarships to under-represented groups, there are female friendly coding bootcamps and legions of vocal, inspirational women who code.
In my opinion, the challenge we need to overcome as an industry is the devaluation of women’s work. As more women enter a field, wages drop. This is particularly evident in the ever-increasing divide between front and back-end web development. Getting women to code isn’t the tricky bit. Getting our work valued is.
What are the three most important things you do (or did) that contribute to your success?
I’m one of the organisers of codebar Brighton. codebar throw free weekly programming workshops for anyone that’s underrepresented in the tech industry.
Through codebar I learn, teach and network every week. All three of those help infinitely.
If you could tell your 18-year-old self something that you know now, what would it be?
You can be good at coding and bad at maths. It’s logic, not numbers!
Who are your top three female role models, and what about each inspires you?
All three of my role models are intelligent, driven women who are lifting other women up with them.
Lola Odelola is a developer and founder of Black Girl Tech, a non-profit aiming to make tech a safer space for black women and girls.
Despo Pantera, software engineer and founder of codebar.
Sarah Drasner, web animation whizz, author, and award winning speaker.
What is the most fulfilling part of your role?
Having the freedom to be both creative and logical.
What is your biggest achievement/proudest moment in your career to date?
Last year I threw a two-day creative coding workshop as part of Brighton Digital Festival. Being able to provide such an exciting space for people to learn was incredibly rewarding, and watching a room full of people working through a tutorial I wrote made me very proud.
What advice would you give other women looking to follow a career path in coding?
Do it! Come along to codebar if you’re curious. Tech shapes our future and that future needs more women at the helm.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
International Women’s day is a chance to celebrate all that women have done to shape the world today, but more importantly to shine a light on the challenges we still face, network and mobilize to make a difference.