Why no women in the story on Silicon Valley fashion?
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We've gotten a ton of response as to why we didn't include any women in my piece about the unwritten dress code in Silicon Valley. First off, I want to say it was my bad not to address women in the story.
In fact, I approached quite a few of them during my reporting. However, I didn't see a dress code among women and none of them could articulate one. Perhaps it exists? But the women I approached said it wasn't as obvious as it was with the men.
I've actually done a few stories about the issue of women and the male-dominated culture of Silicon Valley (Why aren't more women on tech boards?, Why one company wants to hire more women in tech, Hey brogrammer, let's crush some code), and my New Year's resolution was to try and be more conscious of this issue in several ways. The challenge is that tech is dominated by men. And when you work under tight deadlines, you sometimes end up calling the people who are already on your source list -- mostly men -- and the people noted as experts by the media -- again, mostly men.
That sounds like an excuse, right? In a way, it is.
Culture doesn't change without people going above-and-beyond. So thanks for calling me out on it and pushing me to go beyond.
(Also, email me if you're a woman in tech and an expert in a field!)