As the UX community grows, we must work hard to increase awareness of other women in UX because too many great voices and ideas aren’t surfacing in the existing community. Once I said to someone, ‘Why should I teach UX, aren’t there enough UX courses out there’, and the person replied, ‘yes but some people want to learn from you’. We’re drawn to and connect with different types of people — personality, background, life experience. By promoting a diverse range of women in UX, we increase the awareness of many great people to learn from
Wisdom of Sarah Doody
It’s easy to get lost and doubt yourself as you navigate the early stages of your career, senior female UX designers help inspire and remind younger designers of what’s possible and, that there is no there. When you’re just starting out, you’re hungry for knowledge and self-growth. You’re chasing the time when you’ll finally feel like you made it in your career. But, as you mature and grow both personally and professionally you realize that there is no there. Those feelings of doubt and uncertainly never go away. The idea of imposter syndrome doesn’t magically leave when you get more experience. We’re all trying to figure it out, just like everyone else. The difference? Senior female UX designers likely have more confidence in themselves and their skills — and I think that confidence is what’s like a magnet for younger practitioners and helps inspire them to keep going.