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What’s the Word on Jill Abramson?

We previously mentioned some of the problems with the “ban bossy” movement – namely, that it focuses on a single word that’s used pejoratively, and doesn’t actually work to create spaces where it’s acceptable, even encouraged, for women to be assertive and confident. Recently, The New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson was suddenly fired following her inquisition into her pay rate. Her dism... »

Ban Bossy

Does Ban Bossy Really Help Women in Tech?

Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed your social media contacts affirming that they plan to “Ban Bossy.” This campaign, launched by Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.Org initiative and the Girl Scouts, calls for us to ban the word “bossy” because assertive girls are labeled bossy and assertive boys are called leaders. It’s certainly a positive, well intentioned initiative t... »

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Bitcoin 101 with Brett Scott

Bitcoin, an alternative currency protected by cryptography, has been popping up all over the news for a while. First, Bitcoin-driven marketplace Silk Road shut down. Then the Japanese Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox crashed (and is now bankrupt). You can make real-world Bitcoin transactions at a Bitcoin ATM in Texas. And then of course there’s Dogecoin (much coin, very currency). As skeptics, we wanted to... »

CoC Pledge

#CoCPledge – A Way Forward?

The #CoCpledge is a simple idea – pledge not to speak at conferences that don’t have a code of conduct established – that seems like a great step toward more fair and responsive treatment of all kinds of people at conferences. The pledge is perhaps more powerful when it comes from higher profile speakers (many of whom, like our own Rebecca Watson, have required harassment policies from the c... »

The Power of a Position

The Power of a Position

Bryan Cantrill is Senior Vice President of Engineering at Joyent, a cloud infrastructure company. Like many tech companies, Joyent has a management team made up of mostly white males. Unlike some tech companies, Joyent (via Cantrill) recently came out with a strong statement in favor of the power of a pronoun – a gender-neutral one, to be specific. Joyent is a sponsor of node.js, an open source pl... »

Bad Chart Thursday: Halloween Edition

Bad Chart Thursday: Halloween Edition

Boo! Whoops, did I make you jump? Sorry about that – just having a little Halloween fun here! Gosh, I love how much everyone loves Halloween. It’s a time when we can all just scare each other silly and eat some tasty candy. No one ever feels stereotyped or objectified on this fabulously spooky day! Unless you’re in North Dakota, of course. Since Buzzfeed picked up the story, a letter from a North ... »

PBJs, Nail Polish, Barrels of Crabs: The Week(s) in Startup Sexism

PBJs, Nail Polish, Barrels of Crabs: The Week(s) in Startup Sexism

There’s so much to say about startups and sexism! In the past few weeks, several items have surfaced that continue to reveal not just the deep-seated sexism in tech, but also the deep-seated denial and ignorance surrounding sexism in the industry. Don’t believe? Let’s review! First, some guy raised $6.5 million dollars to tell women what they want to read about on a new-school we... »

Paula Deen and Donuts

Paula and Rachel

“And I tell you what, if there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you’re out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please. I want to meet you. I want to meet you. I is what I is and I’m not changing.” That’s the contradictory babble Paula Deen unleashed on Matt Lauer during her “apology” appearance o... »

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