I have been active in activism for many years as well, starting in feminism as a kid, and moving through to other aspects of my intersectional experience later in life.
I’ve been in various aspects of social justice, and activism, since childhood, when I helped Mom staff Leage of Women Voters tables, and actively supported and discussed labor issues and Union work my Mom did when she was an advocate in the local nurses’ union. In college, along with a B.S. in Chemistry, I also got a minor in Women’s Studies, at George Mason University, lately in the news for being of a significantly more conservative bent. I did a lot of work, including work-study and co-chairing the education and outreach committee LGBT student union there for a semester. During and after school I started identifying as trans, and also came to understand the conditional nature of privilege for a masculineish half-Asian nerd, and started really studying and adding on to my school-cultivated knowledge of equity and social justice as I grew into my own identities, and started really feeling the ineffable “skin in the game” of social justice and in activism. And then I put it all away and sold out and followed my love of technology for 15 or 20 years, at the end of which the social justice came to me, even at work, and cost me some jobs (who wants to work for a company where social justice costs me a job?) and promotions. For a while I got scant income from professionally doing activism (including work with the SF Lamplighters to help them retool their production of The Mikado to avoid yellowface and whitewashing, and to cast more actors of color), and now I’m kind of tired of that and would like to, somehow, marry my love of justice and equity with my love of technology. How that will shape up depends on opportunity and access, so I guess we’ll see. But I think my dream job may now lie somewhere in technology, diversity, AND inclusion. All at once. Maybe also policy.