Women, It's Time to Ditch Silicon Valley

Guardian's Jess Zimmerman loves angry new sentiment brewing
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2015 1:59 PM CDT
Women, It's Time to Ditch Silicon Valley
Ellen Pao, center, walks to Civic Center Courthouse in San Francisco March 27. She lost her high-profile case alleging discrimination by a venture-capital firm.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Women in the tech field get all kinds of advice on how to succeed in the boys' world of Silicon Valley. But at the Guardian, Jess Zimmerman thinks the days of "leaning in" or whatever the trendy slogan of the day is should come to an end. She loves the sentiment of a newly launched website called tableflip.club: “F--- that, we’re done. It’s not us, it’s you.” The gist is that sexism in the field is so systemic and so demeaning that "it's time we take our potential elsewhere," writes the anonymous female behind the site.

"It’s a huge departure from the usual women-in-tech rhetoric, which usually focuses on prying the doors of the tech world open through education, a positive attitude, and changing the work environment," writes Zimmerman. "Nobody ever advocates just slamming the door back in Silicon Valley’s face." But at this point, following year after exasperating year without progress, that might be the only thing that effects real change. Women shouldn't have to adapt to the boys' world, writes Zimmerman. "And once we're empowered to leave, we can make something new." Click for her full column. (Read more technology stories.)

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