wired.com - 6 days ago
Firms Pledge to Stamp Out Sexual Harassment. Sounds Familiar
If you believe their tweets, venture capitalists have never been more invested in making their industry hospitable to women.
The flurry of good intentions did not come out of the blue. In the past few weeks, The Information and The New York Times have reported allegations of sexual harassment by well-connected tech VCs against female startup founders, many of them women of color. They described repeated propositions for sex from male investors, unwanted groping and kissing, sexually explicit texts in the middle of the night, and pressure to get a hotel room after a business meeting. Those charges were backed up with emails, screenshots, and texts from iMessage and WhatsApp. Before these media reports, the harassers suffered no consequences or disciplinary action. The prevalence of sexual harassment has been an open secret in Silicon Valley for years, but in the past few weeks the critical mass of disclosures about people whose avatars routinely show up on your Twitter feed turned into a tipping point. The fight had moved from ineffectual HR departments and courtrooms to social media, where the verdicts are swift.
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