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Contempt Culture - The Particular Finest
The best advice we give programmers is to leave things better than how they started. We do it with code, why don’t we do it with communities? Why don’t we do it with people, colleagues, friends?

Ask why it’s okay to do these things in your community, and leave things better than when you started.
programming  culture  community  womenintech  php  java  sux 
june 2017 by kme
Why Isn't Better Education Giving Women More Power? - The Atlantic
The university system aside, I suspect there is another, deeply ingrained set of behaviors that also undermine women: the habits they pick up—or don’t pick up—in the dating world. Men learn early that to woo women, they must risk rejection and be persistent. Straight women, for their part, learn from their earliest years that they must wait to be courted. The professional world does not reward the second approach. No one is going to ask someone out professionally if she just makes herself attractive enough. I suspect this is why people who put together discussion panels and solicit op‑eds always tell me the same thing: it’s harder to get women to say yes than men. Well, duh. To be female in our culture is to be trained from puberty in the art of rebuffing—rebuffing gazes, comments, touches, propositions, and proposals.
gender  education  womenintech 
june 2016 by kme
What It’s Really Like to Risk It All in Silicon Valley -
Social science research supports Ms. Hu’s experience. A series of experiments by Laurie A. Rudman, a psychology professor at Rutgers, found that women who spoke directly about their strengths and achievements were considered more capable, but also less hirable. Self-promotion by men made them more hirable.

In parenthood, too, there is a double standard. Mothers are penalized in pay and promotions because employers assume they will be less committed to work, research shows, while fathers get raises because employers think they will be extra committed to breadwinning.
womenintech  doublestandard  siliconvalley  culture 
february 2016 by kme
Red/Yellow Card project |
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Here's a news flash for you: except for the polymaths in the group, hackers are generally kind of socially inept. If someone of any gender does something that violates my boundaries, I assume it was a misunderstanding. I calmly and specifically explain what bothered me and how to avoid crossing that boundary, making it a point to let the person know that I am not upset with them, I just want to make sure they're aware so it doesn't happen again. This is what adults do, and it works. Adults don't look for ways to take offense, silently hand out "creeper cards" or expect anyone to read their minds. I'm not a child, I'm an adult, and I act like one.
sexim  conferences  feminism  womenintech  redcarding 
october 2015 by kme
Girls and Software | Linux Journal
Why does anyone, anywhere, think this will work? Start with a young woman who's already formed her identity. Dump her in a situation that operates on different social scripts than she's accustomed to, full of people talking about a subject she doesn't yet understand. Then tell her the community is hostile toward women and therefore doesn't have enough of them, all while showing her off like a prize poodle so you can feel good about recruiting a female. This is a recipe for failure.

I've also come to realize that I have an advantage that female newcomers don't: I was here before the sexism moral panic started. When a dozen guys decide to drink and hack in someone's hotel room, I get invited. They've known me for years, so I'm safe. New women, regardless of competence, don't get invited unless I'm along. That's a sexual harassment accusation waiting to happen, and no one will risk having 12 men alone with a single woman and booze. So the new ladies get left out.
gender  opensource  womenintech  sexism 
october 2015 by kme
Diversity Training Doesn’t Work - HBR []
Which, if you think about it, is the essential problem of prejudice in the first place. People aren’t prejudiced against real people; they’re prejudiced against categories. “Sure, John is gay,” they’ll say, “but he’s not like other gays.” Their problem isn’t with John, but with gay people in general.

Categories are dehumanizing. They simplify the complexity of a human being. So focusing people on the categories increases their prejudice.

The solution? Instead of seeing people as categories, we need to see people as people. Stop training people to be more accepting of diversity. It’s too conceptual, and it doesn’t work.

From the comments:
That being said, the language of D&I is divisive, the advocacy approach is met with both overt and covert hostility because of the inherent accusatory and incursive characteristics of D&I interventions, and most of these efforts are doomed to fail strictly because top leadership cannot usually last long enough to kill off the deep state original culture within an organization while at the same time stemming the flow of new prejudices into the organization.
diversity  workplace  collaboration  teamwork  womenintech 
april 2015 by kme
software industry - How to help women feel welcome on a male dominated team? - The Workplace Stack Exchange []
Also, realize that there is not one single path to being successful in tech. Think everyone who's a good coder has lots of open source commits? Wrong. I wouldn't wade into that cesspool of abuse if you paid me. Does every good coder stay up all night writing the latest app that does foo? Wrong. Some of us believe in balanced lives. Note that these things apply to all genders, races, sexual orientation, ages, whatever.
womenintech  employment  teams  collaboration 
april 2015 by kme
Interview with a Wadhwa | The Verge
The equivalent this time were those DMs to Ellis. In the initial TLDR episode, Haggerty said DMs were "the hand on the knee of social media communication." In the follow-up episode, she stood by the phrase. Probably because it's 2015! Women are starting to build a vocabulary to talk about the gray-area interactions they face online. Managing the expectations of a "mentions pest," for example, is incredibly energy-zapping, but I never had a word for it until Lily Benson's etiquette guide list this month. Wadhwa blames the "hand on knee" comment for allegations of sexual harassment and being called a sexual predator, but Wadhwa is the one who keeps bringing it up.
feminism  tech  womenintech  twitter  socialmedia  etiquette 
february 2015 by kme
Why Does Stack Overflow Avoid Gender in Profiles? - Meta Stack Overflow
I think Kate Gregory really hit the nail on the head there:

Because some people want to hide their gender. Because some people don't have a simple answer to the question. Because some people think they know something about me after I answer that question, and they really don't.
gender  womenintech  forum  community 
december 2014 by kme
Is Coding the New Literacy? | Mother Jones
And there's evidence that diverse teams produce better products. A study of 200,000 IT patents found that "patents invented by mixed-gender teams are cited [by other inventors] more often than patents invented by female-only or male-only" teams. The authors suggest one possibility for this finding may be "that gender diversity leads to more innovative research and discovery." (Similarly, research papers across the sciences that are coauthored by racially diverse teams are more likely to be cited by other researchers than those of all-white teams.)
womenintech  gendergap  programming 
june 2014 by kme
Are "women only" events as sexist as "men only" events? - Quora
I'm not a fan, personally. I tend to avoid women-only things. Perhaps it is because my life is de facto women-focused. I know from experience that a lot of time and energy at "women-only" events is spent on talking about men, which holds no interest for me. Straight women with other women still tend to be male-identified, so getting them off the topic of the men in their lives and talking about themselves as selves is not all that easy.
gender  womenintech  ws  sexism 
march 2014 by kme
Julie Ann Horvath Describes Sexism And Intimidation Behind Her GitHub Exit | TechCrunch
My least favorite connotation of the word "partner":
Horvath later learned that the founder had a similar talk with her partner and demanded that he resign. Her partner is still at the company.
feminism  sexism  github  womenintech 
march 2014 by kme
How I Got 50% Women Speakers at My Tech Conference | Geek Feminism Blog
So! Getting women to submit content: easy? Um. When I’d talk to men about the conference and ask if they felt like they had an idea to submit for a talk, they’d *always* start brainstorming on the spot. I’m not generalizing — every guy I talked to about speaking was able to come up with an idea, or multiple ideas, right away…and yet, overwhelmingly the women I talked to with the same pitch deferred with a, “well, but I’m not an expert on anything,” or “I wouldn’t know what to submit,” or “yes but I’m not a *lead* [title], so you should talk to my boss and see if he’d want to present.”

from the comments:
For me, this is the primary key. I’d submit if I had any reasonable assurance that merit would trump gender when it came to selection. When that assurance isn’t there, I don’t submit. And that’s because I suspect there’s a pile for men and a pile for “girls”, and only one gets in, as a token. I don’t want to be a token, and for the men who may be reading this and don’t understand why, here’s why: In every tech gathering that’s predominantly men, there’s always some percentage of misogynists. And non-misogynist guys don’t often confront the misogynist ones. So what happens is the dicks treat you like shit, the other guys tacitly sanction it by not rocking the boat, and the effect is that you, as the lone female, have won the great honor of being the conference’s whipping girl. No human volunteers for abuse. This is why women don’t submit.
gender  diversity  conference  notjustwhitedudes  womenintech  feminism  ws  forthecomments  mentoring 
february 2014 by kme
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