The Algorithms of Oppression

I know it might be a little cliche for a self-identifying woman within the LGBTQ family talking about the presence of LGBTQ people in the Dev community — or lack thereof. Cliche or not, I think these topics need to be discussed. I believe in order to move forward we must acknowledge the lack of transparency and hold ourselves accountable to be better. I know I’m diving headfirst into some heavy material but hopefully, the stories of these two individuals will inspire you as they’ve inspired me.

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Alan Turing

It’s been over 10 weeks that I have been in at Flatiron School, and every day I pass by this classroom called “Turing” not realizing the history behind that name. Driven by curiosity, I decided to enter those lovely 6letters into the infinite hole of information that is the search bar. To my surprise, Alan Turing made quite the name for himself in technology. He was groundbreaking, a visionary, and a pioneer.

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Alan Turing was arrested and came to trial on 31 March 1952, after the police learned of his sexual relationship with a young Manchester man. He made no serious denial or defense; he saw no wrong with his actions. He was particularly concerned to be open about his sexuality in the hard and unsympathetic atmosphere of Manchester engineering. Rather than go to prison he accepted, for the period of a year, injections of estrogen intended to neutralize his libido.

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Sophie Alpert

Sophie Alpert graduated from Khan Academy, managed the React core team at Facebook for 4 years, and is currently working at Humu. Sophie played a major key role in the growth of React.

Sophie Alpert

Everyone is Fighting Their Own Battles.

Often we hear something along the lines of, “Strive to make the tech industry more inclusive and accepting of everyone.” This is the goal. Tech literally touches everything, thus we are all affected by it. It’s only right that all of us have a part in the ‘how’ of technology. When you have an inclusive mindset and the output to match, you will happen along like-minded individuals, and great things are bound to happen.

Fullstack Engineer | Flatrion Grad ’19 !👩‍💻🏳️‍🌈 🇬🇾 | Likes: Traveling, Cooking, Javascript | Dislikes: Systemic Racism, Small Talk

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