Why we’re canceling our diversity event with Uber

Hey Tech Ladies,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to let you know that Tech Ladies has to cancel our upcoming diversity event that we were planning with Uber on March 9. While all of Uber’s employees have been awesome to work with, their CEO’s seat on Donald Trump’s business advisory group is something we just can’t align ourselves with.

We know that Donald Trump’s dangerous policies are not beliefs shared by all (or probably even *most* of Uber’s employees), but as a community that is striving to increase diversity in tech for women (including our women of color, Muslim women, and trans women) we don’t believe it would be right to have an event at this time at Uber championing diversity.

In a statement, Uber’s CEO said “We’ll partner with anyone in the world as long they’re about making transportation in cities better.” It got me thinking deeply about who we will partner with at Tech Ladies to make the issue of diversity in tech better. The answer is a resounding not just anyone. Especially not anyone who normalizes Trump’s administration of hurtful, racist policies. It’s dangerous to pretend the issues of bullying, sexual harassment, racism, and sexism exist in a vacuum, so we won’t do that.

Onward.

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