TGIF! It’s a long one today. This week, the news was all about “brogrammer” culture and gender (in)equality. We took a deep dive into articles and videos exploring this ongoing conversation in the industry.
Check back at the end of each week for our Friday finds.
Here’s what we’re reading – February 9, 2018
- Read: Since #MeToo, the Number of Men Who Are Uncomfortable Mentoring Women Has Tripled by Valentina Zarya for Fortune. This week, in response to a study from her foundation, LeanIn.Org, Sheryl Sandberg launched #MentorHer, a campaign to encourage men (and women) to mentor women. Learn why she thinks mentorship is key, and the other (male) tech leaders supporting this movement.
- Watch: The Makers Conference – The Importance of Mentoring Women. In related news, Sheryl Sandberg, and Laphonza Butler, President, SEIU Local 2015, were interviewed by David Smith, author, Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women.
- Read: How We’ll Win from Quartz. This compilation of reporting from Quartz is a year-long exploration of the fight for gender equality. This week we dove into several inspirational, powerful, and thoughful pieces:
- The founder of Girls Who Code: “When you get a taste for being brave, it’s hard to stop”
- Silicon Valley engineer Erica Joy Baker wishes people would stop telling women that they’re strong
- Silicon Valley engineer Tracy Chou: Stop saying that diversity means lowering the bar
- The one change that would actually help women: “Fund them, back them, pay them.”
- Read: ‘You Get Sexual Advances 24/7’: What It’s Really Like to Be a Female Engineer In Silicon Valley by Emily Chang for Fortune. Chang’s book, Brotopia, released this week. In this exclusive excerpt, we hear from a dozen women engineers who share their experiences and some of the harsh realities of being a women in tech.
- Listen: What will it take to change Silicon Valley’s bro culture? Bonus, listen to Emily Chang speak with Kai Ryssdal on his podcast for Marketplace.
- Read: In ‘Brotopia,’ Silicon Valley Disrupts Everything but the Boys’ Club by Jennifer Szalai for The New York Times. A review of Brotopia.
- Listen & Read: The Tech Industry’s Gender Problem Isn’t Just Hurting Women by Kristin Houser for Futurism. Highlights from Freakonomics six-week podcast series interviewing CEO’s and leaders of top tech companies and what they reveal about what life is like as a female leader in the tech industry.
- Read: The Plight of Working Women, as Seen by the Woman in the Corner Office by Robbie Myers for The New York Times. This book review of That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together takes a lens to the effects of gender perspective on gender imbalance in the workplace.
- Read: How This Millennial Founder Built A Global Mentorship Community For Women In Tech by Kate Talbot for Forbes. Learn how Sarena Bahad, founder of Women in Tech, Inc, created a global community of support for young women and diversity in tech, by leveraging the power of Instagram and Snapchat.
- Read: I Accidentally Built A Brogrammer Culture. Now We’re Undoing It by Michael Litt for Fast Company. This thoughtful piece from the Co-Founder and CEO of Vidyard dives into how a “brogrammer” culture can happen without realizing it, and what efforts and actions are happening to correct it.
What are you reading, watching, and listening to? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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