Lyndsey Scott is the kind of woman who makes you wonder what you’re doing with your life: she’s an advocate for women in minority and tech, and works as a computer programmer. She’s also an actor and model, who has even walked in a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Scott has managed to do more in the last decade than most of us accomplish in our entire lives, so it’s no wonder that organizations want to give her a shout out whenever possible.
An Instagram account called coding.engineer, which posts about “coder/programmers culture and lifestyle,” shared an image of Scott on the runway recently, according to Buzzfeed News. they shared her coding credentials, saying she knows Python, Java, C++, MIPS, and Objective -C. Only two of those things mean anything to me, and only in the vaguest sense. As you can see from her expression, Scott is pretty confident:
Sadly, we live in a world where a woman being successful in the sciences is met with a lot of sexist skepticism. And if she’s pretty? Forget it! The trolls will come crawling out to try and take her down, and these Instagram comments were no exception. In this instance, Scott drew attention to the negative attention her picture was getting by posting a sample to her own Instagram, along with a clapback that will make your ears ring:
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Just saw this post. Thanks, for the shout-out @coding.engineer! 🙏That said, I normally try to ignore negatively, but decided to jump into the comment section of this one. 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. (Thanks for tagging me @thanos_codes! ❤️) #Repost @coding.engineer ・・・ CODING IS FOR ANYONE! @science @girlswhocode @blackgirlscode From @codingblog #coding #codinglife #codingisfun #codingpics #coder #coderlife #programmer #programmers #programmerslife #programmerlife #programmerhumor #programming #programmings #programminglife #programmingcontest
Here’s her response to the men who don’t believe women know what code is:
She captioned it with:
I normally try to ignore negatively, but decided to jump into the comment section of this one. 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.
Scott also shared the screenshots to Twitter:
Looking forward to the day when women in tech don’t have to go above and beyond to prove themselves. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/MFe3RcKWKx
— Lyndsey Scott (@Lyndsey360) September 8, 2018
Which inspired more women to share their bad experiences with the tech bros, a genre that will never run dry:
Yesterday I had to tell a coworker that he can stop translating web development for me because I've been coding for years.
— Jenifer Daniels 🧘🏾♀️ (@jentrification) September 8, 2018
This is everything. I was the only girl in my windows fundamentals course in the first week of school and felt nervous and intimidated. But seeing other wicked awesome #powerfulwomen clap back, stay fantastic and slay keeps me going 💪💪💪 https://t.co/iTB0NFak9V
— Wendy L (@WendySkyeL) September 10, 2018
I've had men (and even women) getting all #shookt when they find out I design/develop websites for a living (and for leisure/personal use). I used to get all flattered, but now, I'm like "Why is it still so surprising?!" https://t.co/1hRR6iCwXK
— Mhel Ignacio (@blankpixels) September 10, 2018
I don't understand why it's so hard for some people to realize that women can be good at (and interested in) more than one thing. We can also be any combination of smart, pretty, funny, etc, etc, etc. WE ARE PEOPLE, TOO. https://t.co/FBO9AQOtDs
— BB8Bekah (@BB8becca) September 9, 2018
One woman’s story isn’t enough to stand up to the toxic tech company culture that excludes women and other minorities, but if there’s someone you would trust to make a dent, it’s Lyndsey Scott.