It is not because there aren't many awesome women in automation. It is because people don't look around and pay attention.I could have many different criteria on what makes a test automation expert:
- Speaks about test automation in public (conferences, articles) in a way that others find valuable
- Does epic stuff on making automation work out and do real testing
- Is identified as a creator of a test automation framework or library
- Speaks only of automation and never in a manner that addresses its limits
We can be awesome at automation in so many ways. Writing code alone in a corner is not the only way. Many of us work in teams that collaborate: pair, or even mob. Coding is not the only way to do automation.
- Delivering insights that are directly transferable to useful test automation is a way of doing automation.
- Working on the automation architecture, defining what we share is a way of doing automation.
- Helping see what we've done through lenses of value in testing is a way of doing automation.
- Reading code without writing a line and commenting on what gets tested is a way of doing automation.
- Pairing and mobbing are ways of doing automation.