Despite the fact that I write a column about websites, I have to confess that I understand technology only marginally less than I understand women, whom I understand not at all. That’s why Lisa Phillips is such a hero of mine. The roller-derby coach and software engineer—of Seattle’s Rat City Rollergirls and Twitter, respectively—writes knowingly on these topics, and many others, at Grrl.org. Where most programmers speak jargon, Phillips speaks in plain language; she can readily explain how to get into her line of work (“Be curious about technology around you, then go learn how it works”), how to best work from home (“Create a dedicated, clean space with your necessary work tools and put a door on it”), and why roller derby boosts confidence (“There’s no time to worry about a muffin top when blocking a jammer”). This is profoundly inspiring stuff.
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