With the end of 2018 fast approaching, we should take the time to think about all that this year has brought and look forward to all that 2019 will bring. While there were many hardships, we closed the year out with a huge victory for women in the primaries. Furthermore, there were more women of color elected than ever before, and our government has become the most inclusive that it has ever been.

Looking forward to 2019 and 2020, I am excited to be able to vote in the election that marks the centennial of women’s suffrage. While we have come a long way since then, there remains a long way to go in terms of inclusivity. I look forward to 2019’s being the year of inclusivity among all women, not just white women. As more young women are able to vote and participate in politics, we progress toward having an increasing number of women of color participate—therefore, we progress toward having the most diverse and representative democracy possible.

2019 will begin with a huge milestone, as th...

One year ago, if someone mentioned “coding,” I pictured a turtleneck-clad man peering intensely through thick-rimmed glasses as he typed away gibberish computer jargon before a blinking monitor. To me, coding was an esoteric hobby enjoyed by an elite boys’ club. At school, the boys would flaunt their newly designed programs as if they were yachts and they were inviting their fellow programmers to join them for an afternoon cruise. On the television, I would watch shows like Star Trek and observe as men crowded around computer screens in an attempt to solve a complex system malfunction while pretty women flitted about in the background. Although I was never explicitly told that computer programming was not an appropriate pursuit for a girl--in fact, I was encouraged by so many people not to live by the expectations of society--the subtle hints were all around me. They had penetrated what I had thought to be my thick I-can-do-whatever-a-boy-can-do skin. I felt that I was undeserving of m...

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