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Women In STEM Will Cheer At This Former Victoria's Secret Model's Clapback

"Looking forward to the day when women in tech don’t have to go above and beyond to prove themselves."

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This is Lyndsey Scott. She's a computer programmer and advocate for women and minorities in tech...

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...And she's also an actor and former Victoria's Secret model. Here she is walking in the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

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A few days ago, coding.engineer on Instagram posted this pic of Lyndsey, listing her coding abilities.

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Naturally, The Internet™ couldn't handle an accomplished woman in a STEM field, so the negative comments appeared.

Printing or displaying "Hello World" is often used as a basic lesson in coding for beginners.
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Printing or displaying "Hello World" is often used as a basic lesson in coding for beginners.

Lyndsey used the opportunity to destroy everyone in the comments by listing her accomplishments in her field.

She also shared the exchange on Twitter...

Looking forward to the day when women in tech don’t have to go above and beyond to prove themselves. 🙏

...Which led to other women in STEM sharing their stories of sexism in the workplace.

Yesterday I had to tell a coworker that he can stop translating web development for me because I've been coding for years. 🤷🏾‍♀️ https://t.co/fStyRMeyGr

I’m in that world and it’s a struggle every day! I have 74 employees and only 2 of them are women 🤦🏽‍♀️ https://t.co/yLtLHWHzW2

@Lyndsey360 This, all of this. So tired of men assuming I “work on the colors”. No, I’m a software engineer. Good for you!!

UPDATE

Lyndsey Scott spoke to BuzzFeed about her experience and the struggles women and minority groups face in STEM fields. Her comments follow!

Lyndsey herself struggled at first to break into software programming. She told BuzzFeed that it seemed she wasn't being taken seriously at first.

"The whole reason I started answering questions on Stack Overflow and writing tutorials in the first place was because I was struggling to have app companies take me seriously," she told BuzzFeed. "So a few years back, I decided to commit a month to answering over a hundred questions posted by other iOS developers on Stack Overflow until I was able to take a screenshot of my avatar in the #1 iOS question answerer slot. With that, I was able to join a great tutorial team, then paid work eventually followed. Now I’m living my dream in LA: Being able to support myself by programming at home for clients as I continue with my acting classes, auditions, the occasional booking and producing my own projects."
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"The whole reason I started answering questions on Stack Overflow and writing tutorials in the first place was because I was struggling to have app companies take me seriously," she told BuzzFeed. "So a few years back, I decided to commit a month to answering over a hundred questions posted by other iOS developers on Stack Overflow until I was able to take a screenshot of my avatar in the #1 iOS question answerer slot. With that, I was able to join a great tutorial team, then paid work eventually followed. Now I’m living my dream in LA: Being able to support myself by programming at home for clients as I continue with my acting classes, auditions, the occasional booking and producing my own projects."

When asked how the situation in STEM fields could improve for women, Lyndsey's answer was simple: Men need to do a better job of being inclusive.

"Male programmers outnumber female programmers by about 5 to 1, so I think they have to take the lead in holding each other accountable," she said.
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"Male programmers outnumber female programmers by about 5 to 1, so I think they have to take the lead in holding each other accountable," she said.

Clearly there's a long way to go for equality in STEM, but with women like Lyndsey out there advocating, the future is looking bright!

BuzzFeed has reached out to Lyndsey Scott's reps for comment.

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