Trying to be Barbie in Ken's Mojo Dojo Casa House

About us

Lætitia Avrot

Karen Jex

About us

Lætitia Avrot

Karen Jex

What are we talking about?

What are we talking about?

Why is this necessary?

The real world is forever and irrevocably messed up.

Barbie

Why is this necessary?

The real world is forever and irrevocably messed up.

Barbie

Why is this necessary?

  • Women are underrepresented in tech
  • Women leave the tech industry
  • Women in tech experience gender bias or discrimination in the workplace
  • Women in tech are paid less than their male counterparts

Why is this necessary?

  • Women are underrepresented in tech
  • Women leave the tech industry
  • Women in tech experience gender bias or discrimination in the workplace
  • Women in tech are paid less than their male counterparts

Why Barbie?

Don’t blame me, blame Mattel. I don’t care.

Weird Barbie

Barbieland

Thanks to Barbie all problems of feminism have been solved.

The narrator

Barbieland

Thanks to Barbie all problems of feminism have been solved.

The narrator

Weird Barbie

Weird Barbie

Weird Barbie

Existencial crisis

I would never wear heels if my feet were shaped this way.

Barbie

Leaving Barbieland STEM

Leaving Barbieland STEM

  • Girls get less support for pursuing STEM careers
  • Girls are told that they aren’t good at STEM
  • Girls feel isolated

Leaving Barbieland STEM

  • Girls get less support for pursuing STEM careers
  • Girls are told that they aren’t good at STEM
  • Girls feel isolated

Leaving Barbieland Tech

Leaving Barbieland Tech

  • Few opportunities for progression

Leaving Barbieland Tech

  • Few opportunities for progression
  • Imposter syndrome/preparing to fail

Leaving Barbieland Tech

  • Few opportunities for progression
  • Imposter syndrome/preparing to fail
  • Lack of certain employee benefits

Leaving Barbieland Tech

  • Few opportunities for progression
  • Imposter syndrome/preparing to fail
  • Lack of certain employee benefits
  • The company culture

Leaving Barbieland Tech

  • Few opportunities for progression
  • Imposter syndrome/preparing to fail
  • Lack of certain employee benefits
  • The company culture

Leaving Barbieland Tech

  • Few opportunities for progression
  • Imposter syndrome/preparing to fail
  • Lack of certain employee benefits
  • The company culture
  • Lack of female role models or mentors
  • Low pay/gender pay gap

The real world

We fixed everything in the real world so all women are happy and powerful.

Barbie

The real world

We fixed everything in the real world so all women are happy and powerful.

Barbie

Irrepressible Thoughts of Death Barbie

Put in a Box

Patriarchy

Patriarchy

Gloria’s Monologue

Gloria’s Monologue

Deprogramming

Deprogramming

  • Delete tasks that won’t help you achieve your goals
  • Delegate tasks that can be handled by someone else
  • Delay important tasks that aren’t urgent
  • Do the urgent and important tasks on your list

Deprogramming

  • Delete tasks that won’t help you achieve your goals
  • Delegate tasks that can be handled by someone else
  • Delay important tasks that aren’t urgent
  • Do the urgent and important tasks on your list

(Re)Gaining Power

When I found out the patriarchy wasn’t about horses, I lost interest anyway

Ken

(Re)Gaining Power

  • Allyship

(Re)Gaining Power

  • Allyship
  • Mentorship
  • Advocacy
  • Amplification

Meaningful Change

Meaningful Change
(in PostgresLand)

  • CoC and CoC Committee
  • Diversity Committee

Meaningful Change
(in PostgresLand)

  • CoC and CoC Committee
  • Diversity Committee
  • Some conferences initiatives
  • Postgres Women

Meaningful Change
(in PostgresLand)

Meaningful Change
(in tech)

Ordinary Barbie

Hollywood Ending

I want to be a part of the people that make meaning, not the thing that is made.

Barbie

Hollywood Ending

I want to be a part of the people that make meaning, not the thing that is made.

Barbie

Hollywood Ending

  • Girls get less support for pursuing STEM careers
  • Girls are told that they aren’t good at STEM

Hollywood Ending

  • Girls get less support for pursuing STEM careers
  • Girls are told that they aren’t good at STEM
  • Girls feel isolated

Hollywood Ending

Reasons women leave their tech roles

  • Few opportunities for progression
  • Imposter syndrome/preparing to fail
  • Lack of certain employee benefits
  • The company culture
  • Lack of female role models or mentors
  • Low pay/gender pay gap

Reasons women leave their tech roles

  • Few opportunities for progression
  • Imposter syndrome/preparing to fail
  • Lack of certain employee benefits
  • The company culture
  • Lack of female role models or mentors
  • Low pay/gender pay gap

Reasons women leave their tech roles

  • Few opportunities for progression
  • Imposter syndrome/preparing to fail
  • Lack of certain employee benefits
  • The company culture
  • Lack of female role models or mentors
  • Low pay/gender pay gap
It is the best day ever. So was yesterday, and so is tomorrow, and every day from now until forever.

Barbie

The end

References

McKinsey Women in Tech - Solving Europe’s Talent Shortage

Article: 6 reasons why so many women leave tech jobs

Women in Tech Survey 2023 - Article

Women in Tech Survey 2023 - Full survey



References

Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace

The queen bee phenomenon: Why women leaders distance themselves from junior women

Petit Quotidien “Spécial Métiers”

Barbie film synopsis adapted from this Wikipedia page

References

NTT DATA UK survey 2021

The Gender Pay Gap in Tech

Imposter Syndrome

Role Models for Women in Tech

References

Gender Pay Gap in Tech (UK)

2021 Harvard Business Review article: Men get more actionable feedback than women

Cambridge Dictionary definition of allyship

PostgreSQL Project Code of Conduct

References

Diversity Committee of the United States PostgreSQL Association

PGConf EU Childcare

Postgres Women

Django Girls

References

Harvard University “Project Implicit” Implicit bias tests

Education and Employment of Women in Science, Technology and the Digital Economy

BBC Article linking imposter syndrome and burnout

Bias, Burnout and Imposter Phenomenon

References

PostgreSQL Core Team and Contributors

Menstrual Health and Hygiene (World Bank)

Implicit bias tests

Trying to be Barbie in Ken's Mojo Dojo Casa House