There are lots of people missing from the programming world: lots of the programmers I meet look and sound a lot like me. I’d really like it if this amazing job were open to a lot more people.
One of the weird things that has happened is that somehow we seem to have the idea that programming is only for boys, and I’d like to fight against that idea by wearing a t-shirt demonstrating how cool I think it is to be a woman coder.
So, I commissioned a design from an amazing artist called Ellie Mars, who I found through her Mastodon.art page @firstname.lastname@example.org. She did an amazing job, sending sketches and ideas back and forth, and finally she came up with this awesome design:
I’ve printed a t-shirt for myself that I will give myself for Christmas, and I’ve made a page on Street Shirts so you can get one too!
The link goes to an adult men’s t-shirt, but after you click the link you can choose the t-shirt type (including women’s and children’s) and change the background colour. They are reasonably cheap:
Ellie and I agreed to set up these t-shirts sales with no profit for us because we’d like to get the word out. If they are popular we might add a little, so get in fast for a good deal!
10 points for anyone who can recognise the code in the background. It’s from one of my favourite programs.
Personally, I think we all spend too much of our time walking around advertising faceless corporations when we could be saying something a bit more useful on our clothes. What do you think of this idea? Maybe you could design a similar t-shirt? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter or Mastodon.