The tech team isn’t just for guys

In the end, it’s about hard work, skill, and perseverance

In the end, it’s about hard work, skill, and perseverance

We have a bunch of smart, creative techies at Quirk, and I’m happy to say some of them are women.


I caught up with Cape Town Quirk Station’s Technical Ops Manager, L-zanne Wentzel, and her female team members to discuss their experience working in tech, the importance of skill over gender, and what the rest of us are missing out on.


Guys only?

“Women in tech” isn’t exactly a new idea, although going by some people’s reactions you’d swear it is. Some of the biggest influencers in tech and coding have been women. Think of Ada Lovelace, who wrote the first programming language, Grace Hopper who created the first compiler, and Angie Byron, one of the top leaders in the Drupal community. These women began in tech and paved the way for others – both male and female.


We’re all in tech.

As individuals working in digital marketing, we must all have our finger on the tech pulse and keep up to date on the latest developments. Interest in tech isn’t just for developers, just like idea generation isn’t only for strategists or creative, and whether we realize it or not, we take inspiration and lessons from different aspects of technology every day.


Gender doesn’t matter – skill and perseverance do.

Whether you’re a man or a woman shouldn’t make a difference in how you’re treated, as long as you can do the job. If you write good code, then that should be all you need to get in. People who work hard to refine their craft will get much further than those who know some basics but rely on a preconceived perception of their gender to get ahead.


We should be discouraging gender-specific roles and careers, and encourage skill and passion instead.

This has a lot to do with the notion that girls love pink and boys love dirt – which isn’t necessarily true, is it? If we encourage girls to follow their passions and dreams rather than question them, we empower them to be confident in themselves and their ideas. As long as they’re happy, does anything else matter?

The women on our tech team are more than that – they push the boundaries to create some of the best work in the industry. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we shouldn’t be surprised by their accomplishments just because they’re female.

Women can play just as well as the boys, without turning it into a competition. Anybody, regardless of gender, can do anything, as long as they set their minds to it. Marching to the beat of your own drum might not always be easy, but it’s always worth it.


- Amy Marryatt is Social Media & Marketing Assistant at Quirk South Africa, a Mirum company. You can follow her on Twitter @amy_marryatt.


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