Coding with female models

Once I'm out of school, it's my boss giving my male peers at work more praise, rewards, and promotions for their work than me, even though we do the same thing.

The other intern at my workplace right now has literally only coded a program that reads a certain statically formatted text file as input to produce a statically formatted text file as output. It took him a month to do the first one, and he did full documentation and presentation of it. Now he's working on the second one. They think he's fantastic. He used a regular expression the other day, and was so proud of himself. He was working his way through K&R and showed me his recursion exercise that he did. He compared it to someone else's answer to the exercise online, which he said was clumsier than his implementation. I didn't tell him the other was that way because of tail recursion, because I didn't know how to say that without being condescending.

We're both seniors in the same program.

My professors treat me like I'm retarded. Last semester, a professor rejected all my ideas for simple embedded projects as "infeasible" -- even when I switched to echoing back to him ideas he had offered in class as ones that he thought were good ones.

I think these opinions like the doc linked in this post present a reasonable and balanced view of the writer's exposure to workplace diversity problems. The way in which his exposure is flawed is that at the perception level, people like him don't seem to realize that much of what happens in CS is perception, since we're all, in a sense, designers and creative writers. It's virtually impossible to measure a woman's performance against a man's unless people start acknowledging how perceptions can make one man's work appear fabulous when a woman who produced similar work (processing text files) would be seen as freshman level or inferior.

In CS, the stereoptype of where the woman at a meeting speaks and no one hears her idea or acknowledges it until/unless a man repeats it a few minutes later and people suddenly hear his great idea (that came from the woman just a few minutes before), is alive and well.

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