We all know the tech industry is a boy’s club, but Jorge is shining a light on similarities in the tech world. Former SendGrid Developer Evangelist, Adria Richards was let go from her techie job because she decided to speak up against fellow developers who were sitting behind her at PyCon, making crude jokes about “big dongles.” Jorge’s comments haven’t gotten him nor anyone else fired, but they have perpetuated a theme that seems to be on-going in business–women being judged on a completely different and unfair standard than men.
Men get to do as they please, no matter what. No one says anything when Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg shows up to million dollar meetings wearing a hoodie and jeans, but if a woman shows up to a conference in sky-high heels she deserves to be the subject of social media ridicule by a chauvinistic pig. And then someone like Adria loses her job when she’s only trying to shine light on the misogyny in the tech/business world using social media.
And here’s the double standard. Imagine a woman like Ursula Burns choosing to wear something as simple as sneakers, a T-shirt and jeans all while trying to be accepted as a strong business woman. You can’t see it, right? That’s because women are held at higher standard when it comes to our image and our success.
It’s not like we’ve never seen successful business women before. Women like Marissa Mayer, Oprah and Sheryl Sandberg have all made big names for themselves in business and during many of their most powerful moments, have worn heels.
Would Jorge have been less offended if the woman in the photo was wearing a suit? Or a pair of Keds? What does Jorge expect powerful women to look like? Rocking flats, flip flops and such? Perhaps we need to add another element to the “having it all” talk–to heel or not to heel?