Elle Magazine, 10/26/15
"I'm a CEO, not a female CEO": 8 female tech execs weigh in.
To engage in the conversation about women in tech is to touch on sexism, power, perception, and grave inequities. We know. We did it last week, examining the reaction to Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes amid news that the company may have misled the public.
Many readers spoke out against the argument that women should be somewhat insulated from rebuke because there are too few in Silicon Valley. Feminism, after all, demands that men and women be treated the same.
The reaction made us wonder about the very discussion we had wanted to have. Does singling out women entrepreneurs help or hurt them? Is the conversation necessary or overplayed? To find out, we turned to eight women to talk about how they want to talk about being a woman in tech.
ANNE E. WOJCIKI, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, 23ANDME, RAISED $115 MILLION LAST WEEK
I was raised to believe that there are men, women, and assholes. All you can do is try to avoid the assholes. And that's what I've found—there are great men, there are great women, and there are assholes of each. I've had really great mentors of both genders. But there aren't a ton of women in biotech, which means the women who are in it—we are a really tight-knit group. The beauty of it is the bathroom is never crowded. I have to say there's nothing better than being at a big conference and watching the men stand in line while the women hang out and seek a little refuge. Obviously, I think it would be great to see more women there, which is why I feel a real responsibility to make sure that other women and minorities and men, too, are supported at work and see that some kind of work-life balance is possible.