Gender discrimination is not going to change until there are more women in Silicon Valley.
By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)
Without pretending any knowledge about the validity of Pao’s individual claims, let’s just put aside the false surprise and outrage at the discovery that there’s sexism in Silicon Valley. The tech industry is stunningly gender biased. Just read the first paragraph of this article in the New York Times, and then the response of journalist Xeni Jardin at BoingBoing. “Men are credited with inventing the internet,” she writes. Important distinction there.
Ellen Pao’s lawsuit allows our community to discuss these “women in tech” issues as real problems.
By Cristina Cordova (Business Development, Pulse)
TechCrunch reported that Kleiner Perkins Partner Ellen Pao sued her firm for gender and sexual discrimination. A friend immediately told me “Well that’s career suicide” and I can’t say I didn’t think the same thing. While few can comment on whether the allegations are true, this news does highlight some of the reactions the media and tech community have had to gender issues in the past.