Yes, You Should Code

Over the last few years I have often wondered if I deserve to call myself an engineer, or if I should even code at all. So when someone writes an article saying

Women shouldn’t code.

I feel like I, too, need to say something about who should and shouldn't code.

If you love to make a difference in people's lives, you should code. If you like people, you should code. If you like machines, you should code. If you like science, or teaching, or dog walking, or organizing book clubs, you should code. If you love math, you should code. If you hate math, you should code. If you're an activist, or a musician, or someone who has spent most of your life without using technology, you should code.[1]

Most important of all, if you love to code, you should code. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, because they are absolutely wrong.

If you're a woman, you can absolutely make a difference doing something other than coding. But you can also make a difference coding. Now more now than ever, the truth is that the world needs you to code. Despite being transformative and powerful, technology is also completely, continuously broken. We need you have some of that power. We need you to challenge the technical decisions of the people who make most of them today.

So, code. You can be good at it. You can be creative, and powerful, and awesome. You can still wear lipstick (or sweatpants). The world will be better for it.

See also: Jen Schiffer's point-by-point rebuttal of "Why Women Shouldn't Code"

[1] If you still don't want to code, that's totally OK. Personally, I still think you should give it a go, but to each her own.