Maria Pia Montoro from Luxembourg

Maria is a woman of many talents: terminologist, web content manager, translator, social media manager, and Q/A-UI-UX tester. The below story was originally posted here


Women seem perfectly placed to command a very powerful position in these emerging roles that require tech and communication skills. I don’t mean that every woman wants or needs to become a programmer. What I mean is that the need for basic technical skills and deep digital literacy currently extends to every single role in every industry being influenced by technology.

Women often feel lost, overwhelmed and confused by jargon and rapidly changing technology. There is a hunger and an urgent need for hybrid skills, from the 20-year-old graduate to a woman who has missed a few years bringing up kids, to the board director.

Web-based technology is growing, the barriers to learning how to code have dramatically decreased in recent years, making thus coding more accessible, more intuitive, more applicable, and more creatively applied. We as women have also to develop the ability to educate our children in this critical field. Last Saturday, at RailGirls Luxembourg, organised by WIDE, Women in Digital Empowerment, I raised awareness on this, to support women in becoming the next code heroes, rock stars and <Div>a.

How I came up with this name? I‘m often stuck with some trivial coding issues, and the most frequent one is closing the tag <div>. Once I thought that I could turn this HTML tag from being my worst enemy to being my best friend, and just by adding an “a” to the end, it turned to the beautiful word <Div>a.

Learning a bit of coding can’t hurt! It may not sound ladylike perhaps, but it’s, in fact, is cool, fun… and it’ll always keep you busy! Be a <Div>a, learn coding!