Not only that, but efforts to make women change simply aren’t solving tech’s gender problem: instead, it’s getting worse. Women still make up only 25% of tech roles, with women of color particularly underrepresented: the computing workforce is just 3% Black women, 5% Asian women, and 1% Latina women. All lean in means is that women are expected to do even more to “prove” they belong in tech: dedicate more time, change who they are and how they communicate, spend more money. All these efforts, situations, and investments stem (pun intended) from one obvious, but oft unstated supposition: tech culture can’t (or shouldn’t) be changed and women need to adjust themselves to fit within the system.


April 29, 2016