It’s a power struggle.
I’m sure many of you have heard about the Python dev conference tweeting fiasco. In case you haven’t, what happened was that a few developers were inappropriately joking about dongles and made a woman sitting in the row in front of them uncomfortable. She decided to snap a photo of them and tweet about their indiscretion to her 10k+ followers on Twitter. This led to all parties being fired, including the female involved.
For most women working in Silicon Valley, this is nothing new. Men can sometimes be inappropriate, and some may even call it a bit of a ‘nerd fraternity’ or boys club. I’ll admit, it’s hard to get use to even if you’ve been working in the valley your whole life like me. But in order to be a successful woman in the tech community you have to learn how to handle these uncomfortable scenarios professionally.
My hypothesis is that this woman felt powerless in the...
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