Valley Wag – Silicon Valley’s Gossip Rag is “back” (apparently it was not publishing for the last 4 years).
With its return it has surprised me and I’m sure other folks but covering an issue that almost no other serious tech blog has managed to cover well. The issue of Women in Tech.
The posted this piece “Culture Fit” Is a Shitty Excuse for Marginalizing Women in Tech
It does a great job of articulating what is going on and why it is an issue.
Taken at face value, “not a culture fit” sings: Nothing personal, you’d probably be happier somewhere else! But what prioritizing “fit” really allows a company to do is reject an applicant for not matching the pattern. For being an “other” in some way. For coming from a different background, looking different, acting different, having different interests, all of which could be considered an asset when a company is trying to target new markets or come up with ideas that solve more than the problem of “being twenty years old, with cash on hand.”
They followed up a week later with this post This Is Why There Aren’t Enough Women In Tech
Taking on Dave Winer’s post from earlier in the month.
Why are there so few women programmers?
where he outlined that in all his years he had only worked with one woman programmer and that despite the fact their was sexism and maybe a lot of it but he also thinks “there’s something about programming that makes many women not want to do it.”
The Valley Wag post does a great job of airing real women’s experiences of the “culture” of programming.
Given the post ends with “to contact the author please e-mail….” I expect this series will continue.
I think it is sad that it has to be our industries gossip rag that actually does justice to the serious issue of the lack of women in tech. Maybe they will put the word out to all their readers about our conference in January!
Hopefully they will cover the particulars of an emerging field of great import “Big Data” that has even less women in it then regular programming.