Education is becoming more and more diverse. I'm part of so many student groups and we see people from all races, genders, you know, age groups, everything – which is great. But the tech industry still has issues.
I was the only female out of a class of 80 students in mechanical engineering. There were other females, but they weren't in my batch or were older or younger. And so, one semester, I was the TA for a class and there were some males that did not like that. A few, very few. You know, I think the world has moved forward. Sometimes just because you're a female, they have to go and confirm if you're correct if you make an engineering statement. But other than that, fortunately the generation I have been born into, things have improved.
I think what can and should be done to, to improve that is just validating other people's ideas. The big problem is if, you know, if a person of color or if a female or, you know, a gay person or a transgender person is giving an idea - or, you know, even ageism, someone older than 55, or 60 is giving an idea - people's first impression is; are they correct, you know, is this right? Could they be making a mistake? You never think that when a white qualified man says something, you just believe him?
And so I think it's, it's gonna be a mindset shift that's gonna have to happen over time. But I think people are really, you know, really working hard to do that. You're seeing more and more people from diverse backgrounds succeeding which, you know, which makes you happy.