Posts Tagged Silicon Valley

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New campaign works to humanize horrifying reproductive rights statistics.

On Tuesday, activists will gather before the Supreme Court as it takes up two challenges to the contraception coverage mandate and decides whether your birth control is your boss’s business. Tomorrow, join us and repro health advocates for a digital Google Hangout rally!

Birth control is for people who don’t necessarily want to act responsibly.” – Another male government official.

On historically black churches and LGBT allyship.

“Police abuse is part of the life of prostitution.”

New campaign works to humanize horrifying reproductive rights statistics.

On Tuesday, activists will gather before the Supreme Court as it takes up two challenges to the contraception coverage mandate and decides whether your birth control ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

“Most of us [twentysomething women] aren’t scrambling to lock down boyfriends by age 25 — we’re busy building our careers.”

A lengthy but important read on the relationship between “dick culture” and “rape culture”.

Why I don’t do Christmas.

On defending (and critiquing) Beyonce: “She’s not a perfect feminist (none of us are), she still has a way to go (most of us do), but she is certainly a feminist.”

THEMthe first trans* literary journal, debuts:  “I would like THEM to be a place where that narrative can be upset—whether by exploring other stories or contextualizing the familiar ones.”

“Most of us [twentysomething women] aren’t scrambling to lock down boyfriends by age 25 — we’re busy building our careers.”

A lengthy but important read on the relationship between “dick culture” and “rape culture”.

Why ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

What the tech industry has to do with the future of health.

We still don’t have a good way of talking about pursuing friendship.

The dangerous transphobia of Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

“When I fully burned off the anxiety inherited from my mother’s unlived life.”

How the rise of men’s rights activists are hurting women and men.

Everyone is tired of white people on TV.

How jock culture supports rape culture.

What the tech industry has to do with the future of health.

We still don’t have a good way of talking about pursuing friendship.

The dangerous transphobia of Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

“When I fully

Why Twitter’s “woman problem” is about more than identity politics

In many ways, startup culture has become synonymous with the can-do attitude of a generation. In Silicon Valley, we’re told over and over again, merit trumps all. The well-documented and much-maligned gender (not to mention race and class) gap among those at the top of the Valley’s most lucrative companies is a problem of numbers: not enough women studying math, killing it at coding, or coming up with the next Big Idea. Excuses like this were repeated like a mantra during the Adria Richards scandal for example, which is the last time I remember sexism in tech being in this bright of a spotlight.

You’ll remember Richards as the woman who was fired and sent death and rape threats for calling ...

In many ways, startup culture has become synonymous with the can-do attitude of a generation. In Silicon Valley, we’re told over and over again, merit trumps all. The well-documented and much-maligned gender (not to mention ...

Chart of the Day: The gender gap in Silicon Valley

Just how stark is the gender gap in Silicon Valley? According to Obama’s former technology head honcho Catherine Bracy, reeeeeally bad. Women make just 49 cents for every dollar men make there. Via Mother Jones, here’s a chart that drives it home:

 

In 2010, 89 percent of California companies that got crucial seed funding were founded by men, while just 3 percent had all women founders. And the break down by race is laughable–the 1 percent of black founders doesn’t even show up in the pie. But, as we’ve learned, tech totally doesn’t have a race problem–it’s a meritocracy!

Just how stark is the gender gap in Silicon Valley? According to Obama’s former technology head honcho Catherine Bracy, reeeeeally bad. Women make just 49 cents for every dollar men make there. Via Mother Jones, ...