Being a Woman in Computer Science – A Cautionary Tale, Part 3 of 3, Now

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A1LWMN97 This is the conclusion of yesterday’s post. It picks up where the other left off, after I was driven out of my position at the University.

It took a long time to come to terms with what was done to me. I think the fact that I was in the final stages of completing my PhD kept me from completely falling apart – although in truth there were times before I quit when it was touch and go. I know this would please those who were happy to see me go, but they say happiness is the best revenge, and I can honestly say I am happier doing what I do now than I think I would have been had I not been driven out.

I began to publish a lot more work after I left and now have a pretty solid publication record. I even won an award as a grad student for my research from the very same university that drove me out. How’s that for ironic? This is a university that claims to value research and innovation. I also started this blog.

I’ve moved on. I don’t actually want to do “regular” computer science anymore. I’m still heavily involved in tech, but although I still consider myself to be a computer scientist, I no longer feel comfortable saying it out loud.


You can see the kinds of things I’m into now by perusing this blog.

or my farm site: Mink Hollow Rabbitry

4pegor the book site for my upcoming book,








gamification-10 even the book site for my next book.


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Being a Woman in Computer Science – A Cautionary Tale, Part 3 of 3, Now — 2 Comments

  1. A really interesting story, and I can empathise a lot – I hope you are happier doing what you are doing now! I wonder how much is about being female and how much is about the teaching emphasis – I have had very similar experiences re being told wanting to invest in better science teaching isn’t of value to the science faculty!

    The low status of teaching compared to research is a real issue, and it may be that women are more interested in it so get trapped into low status positions? Data from UK shows that teaching only academics are 50:50 M:F but research is male biased (see Interested to hear your thoughts …..

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