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Good-natured and self-confident, she typically wore the kind of outfit—jeans, hoodie, sneakers—that signals coding gravitas.
That day, she might even have been wearing what’s known as the “full-in start-up twin set”: a Second Life T-shirt paired with a Second Life hoodie.
In short, everything about her indicated that she was a serious technical person.
So she was taken aback when the job applicant barely gave her the time of day. He knew she would play a key role in deciding whether he got hired.
would prove so hostile to women is more than a little counterintuitive.
Silicon Valley is populated with progressive, hyper-educated people who talk a lot about making the world better.
That same month, she wrote a post on Medium in which she called on people to share data from their own companies, and she set up a spreadsheet where they could do so.
“This thing that had been an open secret in Silicon Valley became open to everybody,” Chou told me.
The firms resolved to do better, and began looking for new ways to attract and retain women.
At the time, some of the big tech firms were fighting a Freedom of Information Act request from the San Jose Mercury News asking the Department of Labor to release data on the makeup of their workforces.
The companies contended that such statistics were a trade secret, and that exposing them would hurt their competitive edge.
But Chou was not the only voice calling for transparency.
Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow Coalition were advocating on behalf of both women and people of color, and activist investors began pressuring companies to reveal information about salaries and gender pay gaps.