Monday, July 17, 2017

How Silicon Valley can level the playing field for women - USA TODAY

by Rhonda Abrams
Originally published: July 13, 2017

Silicon Valley has a woman problem. Sexual harassment. Sex discrimination. Lack of funding for women. Men in Silicon Valley just can’t seem to figure out how to work with women, especially with female entrepreneurs.

What can Silicon Valley, especially venture capitalists, do to level the playing field for women starting businesses?

I’ve lived in Silicon Valley for nearly 25 years, and I, and most women in the Valley I know, say the treatment of women is worse than it’s ever been. In the last few years, so many billions of dollars have been generated for investors by companies headed by testosterone-driven young males (mostly white, and a few Asian), that there’s been a glorification of the “bro culture.”