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 +====== Breaking Up The Boys' Club of Silicon Valley - Conference Notes ======
 +===== Presenters =====
 +[[https://​​news/​commentary-perspectives/​ghc-18-featured-speaker-emily-chang/​|Emily Chang]]
 +===== Abstract =====
 +The present doesn'​t have to be the future. Silicon Valley now faces a critical choice, build a diverse workforce now, or risk re-writing the wrongs that pushed women out of technology for decades. Everyone should have a voice in building the products that are shaping our future; this isn't just the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do. Emily Chang will address how we can start changing the world together to create a better future for us all.
 +====== Session Notes ======
 +  * About Emily: formerly pre-med, she missed storytelling and ended up becoming a journalist + reporter first at CNN and then currently Bloomberg
 +  * Wrote the book Brotopia: Breaking Up The Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley to ask/answer: How and why did women get left out of the greatest wealth creation of the world? What can we do about it?
 +  * One of the most used photos in image processing today is a picture of a woman from Playboy magazine, ​ [[https://​​wiki/​Lenna|Lenna]]
 +    * Men who were involved with the decision said things like “it was convenient” and “there were no women in the room”
 +    * Nobody thinks it’s “their problem”
 +  * It wasn’t always like this; in the 40s and 50s, women were well represented in software while men preferred hardware
 +    * CS careers were touted as a way for women to make money and make a difference
 +    * See [[https://​​2015/​07/​31/​the-computer-girls-1967-c.html|"​The Computer Girls"​]]
 +  * As software engineers became more in demand, women were pushed and profiled out of the field, and the “white, nerdy male” stereotype was perpetuated
 +    * Psychologists were hired to figure out what kind of people were suited for CS
 +    * They said that programmers “don’t like people” along with other generalizations that favored men
 +    * Not supported by evidence
 +    * Percent of jobs in industry that are held by women went from 37% to 18%
 +  * Today, women are underrepresented among tech roles and tech executives
 +    * Facebook’s product team, newly re-organized,​ is almost entirely male and white. See [[https://​​thumbor/​RRrv0b0FIg0k1v_lq7yUgmPAlgA=/​0x0:​4167x4167/​1720x0/​filters:​focal(0x0:​4167x4167):​format(webp):​no_upscale()/​​uploads/​chorus_asset/​file/​10803737/​facebook_reorganization_01.png|the team]]
 +    * “PayPal mafia” claims to have hired through merit when actually they just hired their friends, who were mostly male and white
 +  * It’s dangerous to believe that the tech industry is a meritocracy when it’s actually not
 +  * Silicon Valley acts like lack of diversity is such a hard problem, but “if we can connect the world, and organize the world’s information,​ and build self driving cars, and build rockets that are going to take us to Mars, we can hire more women and pay them fairly and fund their ideas.”
 +  * Q: Why did you write the book?
 +  * A: Emily planned it two years ago, before #MeToo, Uber, etc. When those events happened, it accelerated the book. The tech industry is so powerful and impactful, women should not be left out of it.
 +Aside: “Meritocracy” was originally satire, but today the word is used seriously to describe the industry.
 +  * Q: Tips for women?
 +  * A: Know your value. And know the company’s values. Vote with your feet. Be true to yourself, work where you can be authentic. Find a company that shares your values.
 +    * Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, and Susan Wojcicki all started at Google. Larry and Sergey would consciously try to hire women in the early days. However, after IPO and growth, priorities changed. Today, Google’s numbers are very average, and their response to Damore was insufficient.
 +    * Related to what happened with Damore: it’s not enough to just teach people about unconscious bias. People need to be given tools to combat bias and safe spaces to discuss it.
 +  * Q: Advice for women who want to be more conservative and not speak up about the hard things?
 +  * A: We came so far this year because of the collective courage of all. Emily brought up an example of a trans woman who shared that she had been well respected when she presented as male but when she began presenting as female, she started getting interrupted in meetings. This is a unique perspective that this woman could share and that could help others.
 +  * Q: What are some takeaways from the book?
 +  * A: Keep doing what we’re doing. Don’t be discouraged by the seeming lack of progress. Amazon board voted against a policy that would require executives to interview with underrepresented groups, but the employees pushed for it and the policy was put in place.
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