Late 2012, my manager called me in for an impromptu one-on-one. I figured that he was probably going to yell at me for not spending enough time programming or something. Instead, he wanted to talk with me about where I could take my career. He suggested I consider the idea of management as a natural use for my skills. I went home and wrote in my private journal about how they'd be crazy to make me a manager.
A year and a half later, I became the manager of a team of software engineers, after feeling out what the other options were.
If you look at the chart of the percentages of women in the CS program, there's a blip that starts in 1984 and continues to now, where women left the field in droves. I am starting to think that this wave, which I can probably consider myself a part of, was a larger change that started in the late 70s with the first personal computers in the house, the creation of cyberpunk so that we can ask questions about it in a literary fashion, the revolution of having normal people on the computer networks, and today. We were the first group of people who were really able to hack with computers on our own terms. I read Neuromancer in early grade school, and that was not really an appropriate age for me to have read it. But I was, albeit with my usual ability to not quite fit in anywhere, a larval geek who lived in a cocoon of hacker culture and cyberpunk books and the jargon file...
Since Sept 19th or so, I've had a series of colds with a little bit of 'normal' time but then it comes back. This has meant some working from home and some times where I had conversations at work that I wasn't fully present for.