The Mrs Triggs Problem

The Mrs Triggs Problem

First given at RailsConf 2022 in Portland on Thursday, 18th May 2022.

Thanks to Emma, Vaidehi, Nadia and Jemma for reviewing early versions of this talk and their invaluable notes.

And particularly to my other half, Jo.


“That’s a good suggestion Mrs Triggs, perhaps one of the men in the room would like to make it?”

As a society we have an attribution problem. People who look like me get it easy. Let’s push back on the default stories & myths of the programming community.

Warning, may contain content that will make you uncomfortable about your own past behaviour. But you’ll leave better able to provide a better industry for your fellow humans.


…will end up here…

Further Reading

Let It Go, Dame Stephanie Shirley Bookshop UK Amazon UK Amazon US

Uncanny Valley, Anna Weiner Bookshop UK Bookshop US Amazon UK Amazon US

Brotopia, Emily Chang Bookshop UK Bookshop US Amazon UK Amazon US

Empireland, Sathnam Sanghera Bookshop UK Amazon UKAmazon US

Broad Band, Claire L. Evans Bookshop UK Bookshop US Amazon US

Why I Am No Longer Talking To White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge Bookshop UK Bookshop US Amazon UK Amazon US

About Race Podcast, Reni Eddo-Lodge

Lucky, Saron Yitbarek

Lending Privilege, Anjuan Simmons

Why do ambitious women have flat heads? Dame Stephanie Shirley

The lost history of technical women Megan Smith

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