There’s a big cultural problem nowadays, not just only in tech. But since technology is a focus of this little magazine of ours, let’s dive into this great post by Nicole Sanchez about diversity in tech.
If you think that there are certain themes out of reach for a magazine like ours, please go and talk to somebody: diversity, inclusivity, racism are subjects that affect us all, no matter where we stand on those themes. Better have a chance to begin a useful conversation.
Coding — the numbers, the symbols, the sequences — isn’t what needs to shift. In order to lift girls up, the exclusionary environment that houses the code needs to change. And pinkifying is the quickest “solution” the tech space has found to this dilemma.
“I try to put myself in the shoes of a high school girl who googles ‘black women in tech’ and sees, what, a model with an iPad?’” Morillo said, her voice brimming with warmth, enthusiasm and a brash Bronx attitude. “I just thought, ‘This is crazy. I’ve been here this whole time, why don’t I ever see someone like me? I wish I could do a photo shoot.”
And then she had a second thought. Why not do a photo shoot?
Siminoff’s hiring comes as Twitter and other Silicon Valley companies face pressure to diversify their largely male, mostly white workforces. In its most recent report on the demographics of its workers, Twitter said 66 percent of its global workforce was male and 59 percent of U.S. employees were white.