Model's Savage Response To Those Who Doubted She Could Code Is So Satisfying

She can code in Python, C++, Java, MIPS, and Objective-C.

Lyndsey Scott, a model, actress, and app developer with dual majors in theater and computer science from Amherst College, knows a thing or two about coding. But when she discovered that some people doubted the fact that she could be a both model / actress and a person in STEM, she felt the need to say something. 

In screenshots from social media, Scott shows that an Instagram account reported that she can program code in Python, C++, Java, MIPS, and Objective-C. 

But people were quick to leave their negative comments: "What a waste," one person wrote. "Anyone? I don't think so," wrote another.

Scott's savage response to the commenters is so, so satisfying. "I have 27481 points on Stack Overflow; I'm on the iOS tutorial team for RayWendelich.com; I'm the Lead iOS software engineer for Rallybound, the 841st fastest growing company in the US according to Inc. Magazine," she wrote. "I have a Bachelor's degree from Amherst where I double majored in computer science and theater, and I'm able to live my life doing everything I love." Scott adds that hostile work environments are part of the reasons why women drop out of technical careers. 

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According to her website, Scott has an even longer list of impressive accolades: she has worked on video tutorials for kids with Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, has been named one of the 100 Women of the Year for U.K. Elle and AskMen.com, and has received a "Lifetime of Inspiration" award from Harvard University's Women in Business organization.

Following her comment, Scott took to her own Instagram to elaborate:

"[I'm] just stating facts in the hope I'll convince at least one negative commenter that programmers can come in all shapes, sizes, genders, races, etc. so they'll think twice before doubting other women and girls they encounter in tech," Scott writes.

And it's a narrative that must change: a report from Girl Scouts of the USA states that 74 percent of high school girls are interested in STEM fields, but women only account for about 20 percent of the bachelor's degrees in STEM subjects, and just 25 percent of STEM positions are held by women. 

"You're impressive! People don't like the fact someone could be both attractive and smart while also trying really hard in life. A lot of people LOVE to see hard workers either do less work or find out it isn't true," one social media user commented on Scott's post.

"As a mum of three beautiful daughters I applaud you — you are such an amazing role model," another wrote.

Others shared their own similar experiences:

"I'm so glad to have another awesome role model! I walked into my first programming class and was told i was in the wrong place, it shouldn't be this hard to be taken seriously."

"I'm a programmer as well and your response to those commenters made me so damn happy!! Thank you! I am incredibly impressed by your career and achievements."

Scott isn't the first model who's promoted women and girls in STEM: Karlie Kloss, for example, launched Kode With Klossy, hosting coding summer camps for girls aged 13-18 to empower them to pursue jobs in tech. In 2018, the camps expanded to "50 two-week Kode With Klossy camps in 25 cities, serving 1,000 young women," Teen Vogue reports.

"It's really something that is fun and a super creative skill. It's something that I think is part of the barrier to entry, beyond just not having access to classes or teachers who offer this learning, is also just the barrier that we put in front of ourselves sometimes," Kloss tells the publication. "Thinking something is too hard or not for me because I don't see other people in the industry who look like me, or it's not something that I think I can be good at. You don't know until you try. Also, it's such a creative skill set, or it can be used in such creative ways."

Hopefully, women like Scott and Kloss will continue to inspire more and more women and girls to pursue their dreams, no matter who tries to bring them down.

A Plus has reached out to Scott for comment. 

A Plus has reached out to Lyndsey Scott for comment. 

(H/T: Bored Panda)

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