Twitter CEO In Hot Water for Dissing Female Techies

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Twitter filed for IPO last week, which means that its list of board members, executive officers, and investors was released to the public. The only woman on board was general council member Vijaya Gadde, who has had the job for a mere five weeks.

Vivek Wadhwa, who is writing a book on women in tech said, “This is the elite arrogance of the Silicon Valley mafia, the Twitter mafia … it’s the same male chauvinistic thinking. The fact that they went to the IPO without a single woman on the board, how dare they?”

So Twitter CEO Dick Costolo did what any man hoisted on his own chauvinistic petard would do -- ignore the complaint and insult the complainer. He tweeted in response to the critique: “Vivek Wadhwa is the Carrot Top of academic sources.”

Well that’s productive. Not.

I refuse to believe that there aren’t enough women in the technological field to account for this discrepancy. Especially considering that more females use Twitter than males.

You’d think that execs at Twitter would be more conscious to public opinion about gender equality in a typically male-dominated field before disclosing their sausage-fest roster. You’d think that when called out for it, they’d have something more intelligent to say than your opinion matters as much as Carrot Top’s.

I guess not.

Do you think this is insulting to women in the tech community?

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D.j. Lord

where did he insult women?  he insulted the person who dissed him

nonmember avatar Dianne

I have been a woman in tech for the past 15 years and what I find offensive is the idea that a woman - any woman - should be in a higher level tech position because otherwise it's just not fair. It's irresponsible to ignore actual statistics about women in STEM while writing about them, and hypocritical to use terms like "sausage-fest roster" while asking if the CEO's comment is insulting to women.

Brain... BrainyMommy

His response was unbecoming for a CEO. A CEO has to learn to operate above the gutter. He does, however, have a point that there is a supply problem when it comes to women in the technology sector. Frankly, parents need to do more to encourage their daughters to pursue careers in the technology field. 

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

Sadly this is the norm in many "boy's club" fields ( video games and comics are the same way). Men want women out in one breath then complain there are none in another. They bully, then chalk it up to "boys will be boys". Ths is why we need feminism.

nonmember avatar S.Shilo

No feminism is what caused all of this in the first place..women thinking that because we are women we should be in high positions whether qualified or not ! There are some women who cry sexual harassment to get into higher positions and feminist cheer that kind of women on! My 11 yr old was told to make fun of a boy because she received 2 points higher on the test than her best friend who's a boy... So this is what we are teaching our girls? Even shows depict husbands and male coworkers as idiots! So my final sentence will simply be,I need to go so I can have my coffee so I'm awake enough to get my husband and children up ,ready for work/school and fix them breakfast because this stay at home mommy loves her role with her husband as the head of our home

Katha... Katharine205

A person should be in a position because of their merit and ability, not because of their gender, race or creed.  Awards and positions should always be handed out based on ability and nothing else.  Feminism has become a disease in recent years, I'm getting so sick of the "I am woman hear me roar" bullshit.  Feminism does NOT speak for all of us. 

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

shilo and katharine, in all due respects, you guys are missing the point about what feminism is/means and why we need it.  it's not about women getting positions because they are women, it's about them getting them because they are qualified yet don't because they have a uterus.  too many qualified women, yes even more qualified then most men, are look over for jobs because they are women and it shouldn't happen.  to blame feminism and call it a disease is going to hurt more qualified women in the long run.  shilo, what they are teaching is bullying, it has nothing to do with boys and girls.  I also question what show you are watching where "depict husbands and male coworkers as idiots", I surely don't see that.  case in point "Marvel's Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D" and Big Bang Theory"; perhaps you're seeing this on Lifetime which explains this.  and if you want to be a stay-at-mom, great more power to you (my mom as well as my grandma was one as well so i respect those who are) but don't knock those women who choose not to be.  After all, feminism is about choice.

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

Note: I apologize for any errors I may have missed.  I'm typing with nails and I'm not used to them quie yet.

Katha... Katharine205

My statement that feminism is a disease is not just because of women thinking they deserve positions just because they're women, I think it's a disease because of what it has done to society as a whole. Feminism (as it is now, not as it was originally) tells women that they can't stay home with their children because they shouldn't be financially dependent on their husbands lest their husbands trade them in for younger models - which in turn has eroded the family unit and now we have lonely, neglected children raised in institutions and not homes; it has changed school in ways that girls are learning but boys must be medicated; it has told women that everything is "their body their choice" and murdering your unborn baby is OK because the pregnancy was incovenient; it has made men the enemy at worst and irrelevent at best. 

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

Katharine:  again, i think you're missing the point about what feminism means: it's about choice.  no true feminist is going to tell a stay-at-home mom "shame on you for not going out and working. you are a horrible person".  if they are "traded for a younger model", how is that their fault?  The problem there does not lie with the woman but with the man.  and yes, boys and girls do learn differently, heck even most girls learn differently from other girls and have different areas they excel in.  my mom majored in business in college and I'm getting my master's in creative studies; we're just two different types of people.  and girls also take medication for learning issues as well, a majority just happen to be boys.  And please don't bring abortion into this since bottom line it IS a woman's right to dictate her own health and what to do with her own body, not yours or mine and definitely not men who don't know jack squat about woman's health.  we aren't man hating people (love them here) we just want to be given the freedom to make our choices and not be shamed or crucified for them by members of both sexes.  That is why we need it, because in this day and age we still have to fight and protest for this crap.   And the blame for the decline of society can be placed on both men and women.  Men and their actions are what make them the enemy though I fail to see how that are irrelevant.

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