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I opened the book on a Sunday afternoon, and despite my toddler's running around and interrupting me, I couldn't not finish it! The format makes it easy to read, as it is a collection of stories the author collected through interviews, punctuated by her own thoughts and experiences. It's easy to read, entertaining, fun, provocative at times, and extremely insightful. Several times I stopped just to close my eyes and think "you're not alone", "others have similar experiences". The book is very honest about women in Tech's experiences, but far from being pessimistic or fatalistic, it actually show that the glass is half full, and getting fuller as we speak :) In the end, one feels optimistic about the future: it's possible to grow as a woman in tech while being successful and happy as a woman, wife, and mother. The change might be slow, but it is happening.
This book isn't just for those in tech. It's for all.
As Alana says "stories matter." When we read, hear and see how others thrive and make something possible, we realize how we too can do so. We also realize how the next time we see someone who may be struggling with their voice how we can help uplift theirs too. I'm already deep down in the chapters but wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Alana for writing this and at such a time when so many are still feeling discouraged to enter STEM, tech despite all the work and development. While there is still work to be done as Alana also points out, there are stories we must celebrate and credits to be made to show how tech and business is a wonderful place for all - and for a female to thrive. It's a reminder that I so wish I had this when I started my career before I am where I am as a female executive in the business. But also a reminder of how we can all take that step of sharing and caring more to make a difference in this systematic bias by one story and sharing at a time. Thank you, Alana. I hope you consider writing book 2 too!
We read WIT as part of a book club, I co-lead with a male colleague of mine. Readers can draw insights from not only Alana’s experiences but also what she gathered from research and lots of women she interviewed. What I really like is that Alana does not focus on the bad events and characters, and only uses those to point out the how and what change women in those scenarios were able to make for themselves and others coming behind them. As some of the other readers have pointed out, this is a book for everyone women, men and teenagers. Personally, I am thinking my rising high schooler can benefit from it!!