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I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

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This was beautiful

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I bet a bunch of talented women are writing off Github and A16Z as places to work and/or get funding right now because of this fear. I’d need to know far more to feel safe working with either of those places.

I’m angry because I’m afraid. | Ellen’s Blog

Ellen definitely risked to say this out loud, AND IT’S A FUCKING SHAME THAT THAT WAS A RISK FOR HER.

It’s super important that the chilling effects of someplace like GitHub being a total asshole of a company stay part of the discussion, and kudos to Ellen for that.

Also, it’s worth noting that if you’re an investor, and all you care about is money, this is totally what you would advise GitHub to do: protect the money at the expense of the ethics.

And THAT’S why it’s such a problem that the organizations that are defining our community and ostensibly “changing the world” have profit motives all over every decision.

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rachelfershleiser:

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Today we met Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood and cried at her grace and optimism.
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Today is the day I stood up in front of my entire company and said I use Planned Parenthood and I think abortion rights are essential to my basic equality as a human being (I asked an actual question too, never fear) and afterwards Cecile Richards, Real American Hero, said to me “You have to be bold — and I can tell that you are.”
Dead. I am dead. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Planned Parenthood.

rachelfershleiser:

low-on-know-how:

Today we met Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood and cried at her grace and optimism.

I love all my feminist fangirls anniewerner rahmble onceablonde uglychu rachelfershleiser

Today is the day I stood up in front of my entire company and said I use Planned Parenthood and I think abortion rights are essential to my basic equality as a human being (I asked an actual question too, never fear) and afterwards Cecile Richards, Real American Hero, said to me “You have to be bold — and I can tell that you are.”

Dead. I am dead. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Planned Parenthood.