Even over the three-day weekend here in the US we continue to see some excellent discussions, for example Qworky advisor Gayle Laakmann’s Blame Men — And Women and Audrey Watters’ “Ambient Un-belonging” Arrington’s got another post up too.
Looking ahead, the Women In Tech teleconference on September 15 includes TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde is on the “Female Ferocity” panel. There’s the sold-out Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Atlanta at the end of the month. And late last week, Arrington tweeted that they were going to add an all-women panel to TechCrunch Disrupt to discuss “women’ issues”.* So I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more about this …
Hopefully as we move forward, as well a continued focus on the underlying issues and realities of structural biases against women and minorities, we’ll also see a lot more discussion about what people can do. Mary’s Where to after the required reading? on Geek Feminism asks for suggestions. I’ve got a draft response in What each of us can do; feedback welcome.
In any case I thought it would be useful to collect the links to what’s been written so far. It’s really striking how much good stuff there’s been on blogs and Twitter (I collected some of the tweets that caught my eye in various comments in another thread**) so hopefully the list it’ll be valuable to anybody else writing about it.
First though, in a comment that the Arrington’s of the world will no doubt dismiss as pandering, I’d like to take a moment and express my admiration for the women in technology who have been doing such great work to change the ratio. The women I know who speak out on gender equity aren’t “whiners”, as they’re so often dismissed by people who don’t want to hear what they’re saying. They’re remarkably successful despite the huge biases against them, and somehow manage to find time for diversity work in addition to having careers, friendships, and often families.
Of course they’re frustrated when privileged guys who clearly haven’t looked at the problem in any detail deny there’s a problem, attack women and allies, and disclaim responsibility — and who can blame them? Despite that, though, they’re a remarkably positive group … and with good reason: they’ve invested a huge amount of time and effort here over the years and it’s really starting to pay off.
So kudos and respect to you all. I’m impressed by what you’ve accomplished and proud to know you And thanks, too: the technology world is a much more pleasant for your efforts!
And you know, stuff like this makes a big difference. There was a very encouraging episode late last week in response to Chiara Atik’s Guest of a Guest article on TechStars New York’s ratio of 46 male mentors and only two women. When Cindy Gallop brought it up on Twitter, David Tisch of TechStars quickly reached out. Props all around. More of this please!
Here now the links, in rough chronological order. There’s also excellent discussion in the comments of many of these; I’ve also included “HN” links for the meta-discussions on Hacker News on some. I’m sure I missed some — please tweet them to me at @jdp23 or leave ‘em in the comments. Thanks as always!
- Addressing the Lack of Women Running Tech Startups, Shira Ovide, Wall Street Journal
- Too Few Women In Tech? Stop Blaming The Men. Or at least stop blaming me, Michael Arrington, TechCrunch. (HN)
- Stop Playing the Blame Game, Allyson Kapin, Fast Company
- “Too Few Women in Tech?”, Eva Smith, Tech. Food. Life.
- Nobody’s Blaming Anybody, Cindy Gallop, WIMN’s Voices
- Blame Sexism. Ivan Boothe, Rootwork
- Fretting, Asking, and Begging Isn’t a Plan, Jon Pincus, Liminal States, cross-posted on Feminism 2.0
- Arrington is completely wrong about women in technology, Laurie, Seldo.com (HN)
- My Challenge to Michael Arrington, Michelle Greer, michelle’s blog
- In Response to Michael Arrington’s “Too Few Women in Tech” article, Helena Stone, ChipChick
- The Lack of Tech Industry Diversity: One Year Later, Jeff Nolan, Venture Chronicles
- Women in Tech and Women Entrepeneurs Discussion, Fred Wilson, A VC
- More Women in Tech Discussions, Brad Feld, FeldThoughts
- Arrington: “Women Entrenepeneurs: Stop Blaming Men for Your Problems”, Alyson Shontel, Business Insider
- Women in Tech: What Gives?, Shefaly Yogendra
- How Anonymity Contributes to the Problem, Arvind Narayanan, 33 Bits
- A Realistic Look at the Numbers, Jolie O’Dell
- Getting More Women to Tech, Kay, Feministe
- Musing about Inclusion in Technology, JP Rangaswami, Confused of Calcutta
- TechCrunch Comments Fail: from STFU to “Female Supremecists”, clarley, Mavenity,
- What Do “Where are the Women” Sh*tstorms Achieve? Irin Carmon’s Jezebel.
- 5 Simple Ways to Help Women as Tech Leaders, Ja-Naé Duane’s
- 18 Reasons Your Company Might Be a Sausagefest, Jessica Wakeman
- Try Harder Isn’t an Answer, Jamelle Bouie, TAPPED
- On Influence, Lists, Women and the Confluence Thereof, K. Tempest Bradford, Geek Feminism
- There’s More than You Think, Terri, Geek Feminism
- A few things each of us can do (DRAFT), Jon Pincus, Liminal States
- Is There a Gender Divide in Startups?, Leah Culver, The Daily Beast
- “I Could Keep Writing About the Lack of Women in Tech, but Starting a New Company Seems Like More Fun”, Rachel Sklar, Change the Ratio
- My List of 30 Great Women, Don Dodge, The Next Big Thing
- Mindfulness is the Key to Finding Female Speakers, Geoff Livingston
- Douchebag Decree: Michael Arrington, Technological Determinist, Kelsey Wallace, Bitch
- Women in Tech: What to do Now?, Clara Byrne, Venture Beat
- Finding more women to speak at Ohio LinuxFest, Mackenzie, Geek Feminism
- We Aren’t Blaming Men , Aliza Sherman
- Stop Telling People How They Should Feel About It, Sasha Pasulka, Seattle 2.0
- Quick Thoughts, Leslie Poston, Uptown Uncorked
- Blame Men — And Women, Gayle Laakmann, Technology Woman
- Go Aliza. Women in Tech do Blame Some Men, Eilieen Brown, Eileen’s Technology Blog
- “Ambient Un-belonging” , Audrey Watters, an/archivista (HN)
- Blogging and Mass Psychomanipulation, Michael Arrington, TechCrunch
- Not sure if I agree with this dude’s logic, Rachel Sklar, Change the Ratio
- Women in Tech, Men in Tech, and the Blame Game, Cameron Sorden, Digital Life
- Girls in Tech Debate: A Publicity Hoax?, Ellie Cachette, Social Times
- An apologetic Mike Arrington, Paramendra Bhagat, Netizen
- What You Can(’t) Tell Just By Looking At Her, Tara Hunt, HorsePigCow
- Ratio: Changing, Rachel Sklar, Change the Ratio
- Why We Don’t Need more Women in Tech … Yet, Jolie O’Dell
- women, entrepeneurs, and tech, Emma Persky
- Saying High-Tech Is a Meritocracy Doesn’t Make It So, Caroline Simard, Huffington Post
- A Response to the Michael Arrington Throwdown, Susan Calvin, Feministing
** including Arrington snarking at me if you read far enough down