She didn’t want to start a movement, Tracy says today, she just wanted to call out the hypocrisy. After all, she experienced firsthand the challenges of working her way up in a male-dominated industry, but not necessarily because she was outnumbered. Instead, she almost took a different career path. “Both of my parents are software engineers. I grew up in Silicon Valley and went to high school in Mountain View, which is home to tech companies like Google and Mozilla. I studied electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford, and still, I couldn’t see myself starting a technical career within the tech industry. Instead, I thought about going into marketing – even though I liked coding a lot better! That speaks a lot to some of the gender discrimination prevalent in Silicon Valley,” she says politely, yet resolutely.