Lyndsey Scott – Degrading women in the tech sector cannot be eradicated in just a blink. Just like anybody else, this can happen in every woman in the work setting.
The famous Victoria’s Secret model Lyndsey Scott is a leading software engineer. She also made her mark on the iOS tutorial team for Apple and has also done a lot of video tutorials alongside Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg for Code.org.
But many have questioned her capabilities despite all of her achievements because she’s also Victoria’s Secret model. And true enough, many have doubt that the 31-year-old model could do a single code.
An Instagram post was circulated and she could not turn a blind eye towards this attack.
“This Victoria’s Secret model can program code in Python, C++, Java, MIPS, and Objective-C” came under attack.
Scott’s career as a model entails that she is constantly challenged and tested by internet trolls who doubts her credibility as a software engineer. As a public figure, she usually ignores them, she couldn’t help but respond when an Instagram post.
The netizens also assumed and load commented on the post choosing to believe that she wasn’t a “real” coder because Scott also worked as a prolific model.
Many have mocked her abilities and skills by saying that she can just about print Hello World – a simple computer program that displays “Hello, World!” to a user – while others didn’t doubt that she could code, but instead questioned the quality of her work, saying: “Anyone can write code, not many people can write code well though. Languages are easy to learn, but scalable, readable, maintainable, efficient code is not.”
With the personal attacking post on Instagram, Scott couldn’t contain her feelings and burst out, making her to respond to the one-sided and shallow comments by firing off a list of her achievements within the field of programming before adding: “Looking at these comments I wonder why 41 per cent of women in technical careers drop out because of a hostile work environment #gofigure.”
In a further bid to highlight the alarming level of discrimination in the tech industry, Scott shared the post on her own Instagram account alongside a caption which read: “Not trying to brag lol, just stating facts in the hope I’ll convince at least one negative commenter that programmers can come in all shapes, sizes, genders, races, etc. so they’ll think twice before doubting other women and girls they encounter in tech.”
With this remark, the model-cum-programmer’s message was immediately welcomed by her followers as well as women who faced similar struggles in the tech sector. Her statement has uplifted the spirit of women who has the same discrimination issue as hers.
“Thank you, Lyndsey. As a woman in technology, I have faced years of men “challenging” my credibility. The ridiculous idea that women in tech have to fit some predefined image is exhausting. You are awesome,” one person wrote.
Another netizen also added “As a fellow software engineer, I can confirm that we come in many forms. You’re an inspiration for choosing to follow your passions both technical and creative. Go get ‘em!”
This isn’t the first time Scott has chosen to speak openly about her love of coding though. In 2016, the model attended and acted as a speaker for the launch of a new campaign called Rewriting the Code.
A non-profit organisation, the program is dedicated to empowering a community of women with a passion for technology so that they can rise together to become the next generation of exceptional engineers and tech leaders.