Monday, July 25, 2016

The Activist Push To Force Silicon Valley To Move Faster On Diversity - FASTCOMPANY

by Cale Guthrie Weissmann 
Originally published: July 22, 2016

Silicon Valley is a world of mirrors and myths. Every company has a creation story; most have an eccentric leader; some have had entire books written about them. The most pervasive myth out there, however, is technology's egalitarian ethos. If you are a smart coder, passionate worker, and innovative thinker, you will go far in the world of technology, or so they say.

In reality, that’s not true. Talented people are left behind every day, many simply because they don’t have the same kind of access as Ivy League brogramers. Over the last few years there’s been an increased campaign to bring more diversity to the tech scene, and it’s gotten press and caused some companies to change their policies. The change, however, is still incremental.

A great deal of this cultural shift is thanks to advocacy groups speaking out for underrepresented demographics. Many of the organizations have been around for years—nearly decades—with the sole intent of helping people get better representation in the technology sector. Even with increased awareness, these groups are still fighting to be heard.