Passion is a gender-neutralizing force.

Have you heard of Marissa Mayer?  I probably should have been aware of her before now, but better late than never.  Mayer is the new CEO of Yahoo.  She is also the 20th person to work at Google.  She’s one of my new heroes.  And she is the source of the quote in the title of this article.

I’m a firm believer in the idea that women can do engineering, science, technology and math just as well as men, but if forced to give a reason why, I think I would have answered because we are just as smart as they are.  I like Mayer’s reasoning better.  If you have a passion for something, you should follow it.  And the more passionate person is going to succeed, regardless of their gender.

Another great quote from Mayer in the article linked above: “There is such a stereotype of the hacker — the pasty-skinned guy with the thick glasses, the pocket protector, the blue glow coming off of the monitor … people think if they’re going to be good at this, that’s what they need to be.”  Well Marissa, you’re proving them wrong.  You go girl!