GoldieBlox Means Well But Doesn't Live Up to the Hype

GoldieBlox has inspired much enthusiasm among adults. The concept—disrupt the pink aisle! provide girls with an alternative to princess-mania!—is the stuff TED talks and viral videos are made of. But are the toys actually any good? Those videos aren't just a P.S.A. campaign—they're advertisements. And there, the jury's … » 2/11/14 3:20pm 2/11/14 3:20pm

The CEO of Twitter Wants These Female Comedians to Use Twitter

On Friday's Today show, Matt Lauer interviewed Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. While the conversation skimmed the surface of revealing any actual information – Twitter is so hip and cool! Sometimes people send mean tweets! Man everyone there is young! – Costolo subtly tried to smooth over the company's "woman problem" with one … » 12/06/13 10:00am 12/06/13 10:00am

How Hollywood Helps Deter Women from Computer Science

The New York Times today would like to suggest that storytelling is powerful, that, in the whole art/life dynamic, it’s life that imitates art, not the other way around, at least not when it comes to kids imagining viable career paths for themselves. For instance, too many “Dilbert” perusals and Office Space viewings… » 10/26/13 1:30pm 10/26/13 1:30pm

Female Engineer Seeks the Actual Number of Female Engineers Working

Tracy Chou is a software engineer at Pinterest, a job she apparently unabashedly loves. "It’s the first place, in school or professionally, that I’ve not been aware or made aware of my gender, ever, in any situation," she's written. "I don’t feel like a female engineer." But to Chou, in order to figure out exactly what to… » 10/23/13 6:45pm 10/23/13 6:45pm

Twitter Is the Latest Tech Company With a Woman Problem

On Friday, the New York Times published an article pointing out that as Twitter files to trade stock publicly, its board contains no women. In fact, the only woman who holds a top position is a lawyer who joined the company was promoted in August. And then the hubbub began. » 10/07/13 11:30am 10/07/13 11:30am

Fired Business Insider CTO Digs Himself Into An Even Deeper Douchehole

New York magazine's Dan Amira got an interview with the recently fired Business Insider CTO Pax Dickinson and while we can assume Dickinson did the interview in order to try to take control of his rapidly deteriorating image as a smart and articulate person, it's clear now that he should probably stop trying. » 9/13/13 5:25pm 9/13/13 5:25pm

A Brief History of Tech Companies Talking to Women Like Total Assholes

No matter how far technology might advance, there's always been one little area that the reigning powers-that-be have never quite managed to figure out. Or more specifically, an area they've never quite figured out how to talk to. Tech companies, meet women. And then stop treating them like idiots. » 8/02/13 6:14pm 8/02/13 6:14pm

Wikipedia's Editors Are 91 Percent Male Because Citations Are Stored in …

Wikipedia, the collaborative encyclopedia that's edited by you (if you're a dude), me (if I were a dude), and all the dudes you know, launched in 2001 and quickly became the place to find quick info on pretty much any topic under the sun. Remember writing research papers before Wikipedia? Man, we were all such chumps… » 1/25/13 11:30am 1/25/13 11:30am

New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Announces She's Pregnant. Cue the Shitty,…

Last night, news broke that Yahoo's new CEO — former Google fixture Marissa Mayer — is six months pregnant. Her new employer was fully aware of the pregnancy when they brought her on, and did it anyway. They didn't care. Zero fucks given. Congratulations and "atta girl"'s echoed through the Twitter echo chamber. But you… » 7/17/12 3:50pm 7/17/12 3:50pm

If Nothing Else, Silicon Valley Reality Show Proves the Existence of…

Even though 2010's The Social Network renewed mainstream interest in the tech industry for the first time since the dot-com boom (and crash) of the early aughts, the narrative in the media about Silicon Valley has remained the same, a rather dated one about boy wonders—like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram's… » 7/10/12 12:30pm 7/10/12 12:30pm

Twitter Founder Serves All Male Intern Staff Sandwiches With the…

After cofounding Twitter, web entrepreneur Jack Dorsey got busy building Square, the web company of the future. Square will allow mobile devices to accept credit and debit card payments. It will also feature an entirely male staff of interns, and all of the interns will eat sandwiches with the crusts cut off and… » 7/03/12 6:50pm 7/03/12 6:50pm

New Moms Can Definitely Run a Tech Start-Up, No Big Deal

It's already hard for tech entrepreneurs to convince investors that a canine dating service, let's just say, that matches like-tempered dogs on play dates would be awesome, and that they're just the sort of visionaries to make such a company profitable. Investors don't just throw money away most of the time — they… » 6/10/12 1:00pm 6/10/12 1:00pm

Women Are Probably the Most Important Demographic for the Tech Industry

Though the preponderance of Twitter sexism, wide-eyed girlfriend memes, and the startling dearth of female leadership at the majority of venture capital-backed companies, the tech industry doesn't revolve around men. At least, it shouldn't revolve around men, according to The Atlantic's senior editor Alexis Madrigal,… » 6/10/12 11:30am 6/10/12 11:30am

The Silicon Valley Sexism Conversation Is Just Beginning, and It's…

Sexism in Silicon Valley is a hot topic right now, thanks to Ellen Pao, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers junior partner who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against a former coworker who she claims acted inappropriately around her for years. But the way some outlets are covering the issue makes it clear that we… » 6/04/12 11:10am 6/04/12 11:10am