As a mother myself, I have always felt like there are a lot of women in the world who feel under-represented.
When my daughters are born I wonder how many of them will have a mother who’s never even had to work as a waitress.
It’s not surprising to see that women are the ones that are the most under-served when it comes to online abuse.
Women are also the ones who are the least likely to report online abuse to the police.
I’m not saying that these issues are a one-way street, however.
I think there’s a lot more to be done.
When I first started this job, I didn’t expect my first ever incident to be the first time I was confronted with misogyny online.
I was a victim of sexism, too.
I did everything I could to protect myself from the attacks.
I even tried to hire a lawyer to help me file a harassment lawsuit.
It didn’t work out that way.
When we started to hear from people about this, I was overwhelmed with the response.
Many women shared their stories about online abuse and it was inspiring to see so many of our community members in the field doing amazing work to help us combat online abuse, particularly as it pertains to women.
But we’re not done.
There are still women in tech who don’t have the tools to fight online abuse because they don’t speak up.
This week, I wanted to talk about how we can work together to empower women in our industry to stand up and report online harassment.
We are the first line of defense in protecting women online, but it is important that we don’t let them down.
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I’m going to take a moment to address some of the questions we’ve received over the past week.
First, let’s start with some of our biggest concerns.
When will our work stop being about women?
If you read through the comments and posts on Reddit, you’ll notice that many women are concerned about what will happen when this is all over.
While I think this is a valid concern, it’s a completely different conversation when we’re talking about a company with millions of users.
The question of when will this be over has always been the most prevalent.
The more people who participate in this, the more likely it is that things will continue to get worse.
So far, the industry has proven that it can withstand the pressure.
In the past two months alone, we’ve seen women and men who were targeted by abusive trolls make major contributions to the fight against online abuse by reporting harassment to law enforcement.
That’s a big deal.
But I’m concerned that the focus will shift back to “what can we do to fix this now.”
This is a question that has come up time and time again over the last year or so.
What can we say to women who are feeling under-exploitable on the internet?
I am going to assume that many of you have seen a post on Reddit that you don’t want to read.
The subject line says, “Why do you have a problem?”
The reply is usually something along the lines of “I’m a woman, and I’m a feminist.”
Or, “I was abused by an ex-boyfriend and I don’t know how to report it.”
The reason I’m asking is because I’m worried that this post might inspire people to take action.
What if I start calling harassers out for their abusive behavior?
What if we started using the #MeToo hashtag to encourage women to report their abusers?
What happens if someone who is trying to protect themselves starts making abusive comments?
What would that do to the industry?
What do we do if someone in the industry gets harassed and wants to report that harassment to the authorities?
If these questions aren’t already asking you, you might be wondering why this is happening.
It doesn’t have to be that way, though.
It might not be something you want to think about if you are a woman who is under-privileged.
For me, the biggest takeaway from this conversation is that it’s important to think seriously about how the conversation about online harassment will evolve in the years to come.
We need to get better at protecting women from online abuse so that we can fight for real progress and change.
What we can do to support women in STEM STEM is a very diverse field.
For example, I am one of the co-founders of a company that focuses on data science and machine learning.
In 2017, we were able to create the most successful data science training program in the country.
The program helps students learn to analyze and interpret data and is used by the likes of the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the United States Postal Service.
We’re also a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAU