Men took over a job fair intended for women and nonbinary tech workers


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Via:  hallux  •  10 months ago  •  7 comments

By:   Emily Olson - NPR

Men took over a job fair intended for women and nonbinary tech workers
As one poster put it, "the Kens had taken over Barbieland."

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An event meant to be a career-builder for women and nonbinary tech workers turned into yet another symbol of the industry's gender imbalance after self-identifying men showed up in droves.

The Grace Hopper Celebration   takes the name of   a pioneering computer scientist   and bills itself the world's largest annual gathering of women and nonbinary tech workers.

Tickets for the four-day event, which took place in Orlando, Fla., last week, ranged in price from $649 to $1,298, and included a coveted chance to meet one-on-one with sponsors such as Apple, Amazon, Salesforce and Google.

With some 30,000 annual attendees, that career expo was already a competitive space,   according to past participants . But this year, access was even more limited by what the   organizers described   as "an increase in participation of self-identifying males."

Videos posted to social media showed scenes of men   flocking around recruiters ,   running into event venues   and   cutting in front of women   to get an interview slot. Footage showed   a sea of people , hundreds deep, waiting in line for a chance to enter the career expo.

As one poster   put it, "the Kens had taken over Barbieland."

Some of the attendees had lied about their gender identity on their conference registrations, said Cullen White, the chief impact officer with AnitaB.org, the nonprofit that organizes the conference.

"Judging by the stacks and stacks of resumes you're passing out, you did so because you thought you could come here and take up space to try and get jobs," White said during   the conference's plenary address.   "So let me be perfectly clear: Stop. Right now. Stop."

Tech jobs were once a safe bet for workers looking for stable, lucrative careers.   But an industrywide wave of layoffs   earlier this year left   hundreds of thousands of workers   suddenly without a job.

Women were disproportionately affected by those cuts, making up 69.2% of all tech layoffs, according to   The Women Tech Network . And that's on top of the industry's ongoing gender imbalance. Women hold just 26% of jobs across all STEM occupations and even less — 24% — in computer fields, according to the latest available data from   the U.S. Department of Labor.

Bo Young Lee, AnitaB.org's president,   said in a video post   that the shift in demographics had robbed the conference of the joyous and supportive atmosphere that had helped previous conference-goers grow.

"We tried to create a safe space. And this week, we saw the outside world creep in," she said. "I can't guarantee you that we'll have solutions tomorrow. But I can promise you that we'll be working on solutions, and we won't do it in a bubble."

Earlier in the week, the organization addressed calls to ban men from the conference by saying that "male allyship is necessary" to work toward overall inclusivity and also that federal law prohibited discrimination based on gender.

NPR reached out to AnitaB.org for additional comment but had not received a response by the time this article was published.


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PhD Principal
1  seeder  Hallux    10 months ago

It appears that all forks in a road lead to damnation by good intentions.

Sean Treacy
Professor Principal
2  Sean Treacy    10 months ago

Who could see that coming?

When you discriminate against groups, group members lie to get in the groups that benefit from discriminations. Witness all the white people pulling an Elizabeth Warren and pretending to be a minority when applying for college. 

Greg Jones
Professor Participates
3  Greg Jones    10 months ago

I suspect most of these interlopers are liberals. The left's hostility against biological women seems to be getting worse.

Junior Expert
3.1  George  replied to  Greg Jones @3    10 months ago
most of these interlopers are liberals.

It was a JOB fair, so that would tend to limit a liberals participation. 

PhD Principal
3.2  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Greg Jones @3    10 months ago

I suspect most are alpha assholes. Your second sentence is inanity dancing with insanity.

Professor Principal
3.2.1  Tessylo  replied to  Hallux @3.2    10 months ago


Professor Quiet
3.2.2  Jack_TX  replied to  Hallux @3.2    10 months ago
I suspect most are alpha assholes

I'm sure you could feel the microgram of testosterone in the room.

The lines were long.  At one point tempers flared, and all of a sudden there were plastic lightsabres everywhere.


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