Meet Lyndsey Scott, who has Bachelor’s Degree in computer science and theatre, is a lead software engineer and can code in five languages, having also done video tutorials for kids alongside Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg on Code.org.
She also happens to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel, which is apparently just too hard to take in for some people.
The model was forced to step in after trolls commented on a post titled: ‘This Victoria’s Secret model can program code in Python, C++, Java, MIPS, and Objective-C’.
A few commenters decided that it’s simply impossible to be both beautiful and smart, assuming she wasn’t a ‘real coder’, could only do basic coding or worse, thought it was a waste for someone so pretty to ‘waste’ her career on coding.
After being tagged and reading the hurtful comments, Lyndsey decided it was time to shut down those trolls.
She wrote, ‘I have 27481 points on Stack Overflow; I’m on the iOS tutorial team for RayWendelich.com; I’m the Lead iOS software engineer for Rallybound, the 841st fastest growing company in the US according to Inc. Magazine. I have a Bachelor’s degree from Amherst where I double majored in computer science and theater, and I’m able to live my life doing everything I love. Looking at these comments I wonder why 41 per cent of women in technical careers drop out because of a hostile work environment #gofigure.’
In another post, she added, ‘I normally try to ignore negatively, but decided to jump into the comment section of this one. Not trying to brag lol, just stating facts in the hope I’ll convince at least one negative commenter that programmers can come in all shapes, sizes, genders, races, etc. so they’ll think twice before doubting other women and girls they encounter in tech.’
Sadly, she isn’t the only woman to face sexism in the tech industry, as others started sharing their experiences following her post.