Thoughts

Feminism

My idea of feminism is this – women should not be held back just because of they are women.

If a woman wants to be a software engineer, she should not be held back from becoming the kind of software engineer she wants to be simply because she’s a woman.

If a woman wants to be a housewife, she should not be held back from becoming the kind of housewife she wants to be simply because she’s a woman.

Same goes for women who choose to be a prostitute, a chef, an athlete, to cover her body up, to not cover her body up, to wear a dress, to wear pants, to love men, to love other women, to burn a bra, to wear a bra…

You get the drift.

Moving from “women should stay at home” to “women should focus on their careers” merely shifts the oppression from one angle to another – it is hardly liberation.

 

Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.

 
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Starting up, Thoughts

I’m not a woman in tech

Some weeks ago my picture was included in a FB photo album on women in tech. I was very, very uncomfortable with that idea and had it’s owner to take my picture down.

Recently the topic of women in tech came up again, so I wanted to address this – I’m not a woman in tech.

I’ve played that “women in tech” card before, getting into press and taking advantage of the affirmative action made available to me simply because my biological sex makes me a minority in the community. I mean, the benefits are out there and I didn’t want to shortchange myself by not grabbing it.

But I’ve since grown to hate it – I know I’m more than the makeup of my chromosome.
I want to be recognised, to be respected for my work, for the results I bring, and for the impact I’ve made in people’s lives… not for my boobs (ok, figurative, not literal boobs).

So don’t call me a woman in tech.

 

Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.

 
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Starting up, Thoughts

Why I’m not afraid of being a young entrepreneur

Have you met an older person who’s a total dick – no manners, inconsiderate, rude?

That person has more years of experience in being an adult but that doesn’t mean anything.

This is why I’m not afraid of being young (both in terms of age and startup experience) and I’ve stopped respecting people more just because they have done something for a longer period of time. And sometimes, I snigger when people go “you should listen to me because I’ve done it for X years….”

No. I’ll listen to you if you have skills.

Number of years doesn’t mean shit. Skills and results will show themselves, there’s no need for any verbalization.

 

Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.

 
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Thoughts

How I figure what I want

I do this when I want to figure out what I want – talk to God.

For atheists, replace ‘God’ with ‘Genie’ for the rest of this post. It works the same.

Now, God is almighty and he can do anything. He’s now right in front of me and asks, “What can I do for you?”

My answer to that question helps me understand what I lack, and what I need to get to reach my goal.

For example, my answer to that question has been “I want wisdom to figure out what decisions I should make” for a couple of weeks now. That answer shaped the questions I ask the people I meet and in turn, their answers help me get to my goal.

 

Try this out the next time you feel lost.

 

Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.

 
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Starting up, Thoughts

One thing I believe

I believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Learnemy dies

Not when I run out of money, because money can be made

Not when I can’t find customers, because people always spend money (yes, even those “I don’t like to be sold to” people buys something everyday)

Not when I can’t find good team members, because the world has 7 billion people

But when I stop believing in it.

Yes, Learnemy dies when I stop believing in it. Circumstances only speed up or slow down its death, they don’t seal its fate.

 

 

 

Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.

 
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