Thanks for this great piece, Miranda. Data is power, and making this data public is a crucial first step to closing the gender gap in tech. Grateful to Tracy for starting such an important conversation.
This is such an important point, Sallie. It’s also something we talk about a lot in our work at the foundation. In developing countries, economically empowered women are one of the most important engines of growth — and, given the chance, they can play a pivotal role in lifting their families and communities out of poverty.
Thank you to Jessi and to each of you who took the time to share your thoughts. I realize that, for many of you, this is not an abstract issue but something you live every single day — and please know how important I consider your advice and perspective. Any successful effort to close the gender gap in tech will include you.
Thank you, all, for sharing your thoughts and helping drive the conversation on how to advance women in tech. I know that many of you are on the front lines of this issue — and that it’s something you work on, live through, and think about every day. Your feedback is invaluable, and I look forward to reading each of your responses, as well as Jessi’s letter of advice.
Reshma, thanks for your comment, and for raising the issue of inequality in the tech industry. When I was getting my degree in computer science in the 1980s, there weren’t a lot of women in my classes. Now, 30 years later, it turns out that was almost the high point for gender equality in the field! I do think the way unpaid work gets divided up is…
Three things stick out to me about this excellent piece, Bono.
The first, of course, is your usual flair, including a reference to “projectile vomiting.” Most people in development don’t write like rock stars. I certainly don’t. I’m glad we have you, because you know how to get people’s attention.