AMA: Sarah Parmenter

over 4 years ago from Sarah Parmenter, Founder, You Know Who

  • Tom WoodTom Wood, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

    Sarah, firstly you are an inspiration - Happy Monday was just an incredible gateway into the world of design, and really opened a lot of avenues for us all to explore.

    I've always been so impressed with how you handle being a woman in this male-dominated industry, in particular an exchange over twitter/email not so long ago where you owned a very nasty dude.

    How much has being a woman in the design world changed over the last 12 years?

    3 points
    • Sarah Parmenter, over 4 years ago

      Thanks, Thomas. Hmmm, tricky question. I always find this so hard because for every bad, there are 100+ people who show support to me; like yourself.

      I've had a particularly hard time with trolls, for whatever reason. Through that, I've gained a thick skin, quickly. We're still not quite there yet, I have seen things first hand in Silicon Valley and through working at a startup in LA that made my blood boil; I actually walked out of my job (only to be woo'd back - silly me) due to sexist comments and behaviour from upper management. It has changed, it's certainly changed but until we get rid of the stigma of "oooo it's unusual to be a female coder/working in guy jobs" we're going to have issues forever more.

      I still continue to have problems, but I find the tolerance levels of people around me are actually much lower than mine now, so things get sorted quickly.

      1 point