Let there be a new girls network

I’m enjoying both getting quoted by Sarah Lacy in  the Businessweek women in tech column she posted this week and reading the piece itself.

Also digging Sarah’s post on her blog, which quotes a dude telling Julia Allison to lose weight (ROFL) and gets into some of the girl power vibe of younger women in tech.

I’m also working on a column for the upcoming new web mag BitchBuzz, edited by Miz Cate Sevilla, that gets into some of the disconnects around what is pro-woman behavior in the Valley(yes, talking with Sarah helped prompt that).

So here’s the question:

  • What can women in the Valley do to help one another further?
  • How do we smooth out some of the disconnects about what feels appropriate in style and presentation (or agree to give one another more supportive space)?
  •  If you’re a women working in tech, how do you want other women to help you?

To put it another way, I’m a big supporter of both BlogHer and She’s Geeky, and a big fan of Women Who Tech and Women 2.0/Bay area Girl Geeks dinner–but how do we bring all these things together? What’s the opportunity to further given one another collegiality, mentoring, suppport?

If we had a new girls network, what would you want it to look like?

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  1. ang*e says:

    Thank you for asking these question. I think that in beginning to answer this question we should acknowledge the sheer diversity in women in technology/geekiness. We have personal goals/hopes, and then there are goals/hopes we have for the greater good of all women in technology. We also engage in different forms of expression, from “thought leader” blogs to sassy vlogs, maybe even organizing events to promote our causes. Some people color their hair wildly, some are quiet open-source mavens, some are very savvy at public relations and marketing themselves, some are very serious about the work that they do and are very good at it. (I’m sorry if I offend anyone with my character types.)
    * What can women in the Valley do to help one another further?
    I think it’s an unfortunate trend in the Silicon Valley to NOT talk to people you don’t already know. Circles of peers form, and usually among party lines of “are you in tech PR”, “are you a blogger”, “are you a developer chick”, “are you in the A-list”. Cohorts also form along lines of age, education, class, subculture (are you in a dress and heels, or jeans and tshirt), you name it. Personally, I feel the age difference most of all – and I hear many other twentysomething young women in technology asking for mentors. Anyway, here’s my short answer: Automatically introduce yourself to every girl you meet at a women’s technology group meetup, even if she’s been on the cover of a magazine or on some blogger A-list. Make nice and talk about something, even if it just the weather.
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