Stop Equating Women In Tech With Engineers

Men are not held to that standard. It’s enough.

There’s a lot to get mad about in Nina Burleigh’s Newsweek article about sexism in Silicon Valley. But what jumped out at me in a particularly face-palming moment was this little gem:

Here’s an investor panel from the last TechCrunch Disrupt (SF 2014), featuring Danny Rimer of Index Ventures (BA in Literature & Fine Arts), James Slavet of Greylock (BA & MBA), Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures (BS & MBA) and Omar Hamoui of Sequoia (BS CompSci & MBA) As far as I can tell, only Hamoui has a computer science background. Which is fine by me, they all seem to be pretty impressive.
“Fundraising While Female” at Internet Week New York 2014, featuring Bea Arthur, Jocelyn Leavitt, Kathryn Tucker, Kathryn Minshew & moderator Rachel Sklar. It provided fodder for IsseyLapowsky’s Wired article on tech’s gender gap in July and Nina Burleigh’s Newsweek article. The panel lasted 31 minutes. Let’s just say it was not an exhaustive account.

Writer, entrepreneur & activist. Founder of TheLi.st and Change The Ratio. Just here to elevate women & sing showtunes. Find me @rachelsklar on Twitter/Insta.

Writer, entrepreneur & activist. Founder of TheLi.st and Change The Ratio. Just here to elevate women & sing showtunes. Find me @rachelsklar on Twitter/Insta.