Actions speak louder than words

Looking for ways to show your support for gender equality at work? Here are five everyday actions to take.

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Unfortunately, we just recorded another milestone on the timeline that is diversity in the tech. A timeline that is all too full of events about sexism, bias, misogyny, harassment. A timeline that shouldn’t exist, but does.

The most recent story broke over the weekend, and social media channels lit up. Myriad posts. Twitter fist fights. Blogged responses. Attention from the press.

We couldn’t pull ourselves away.

That said, we found it draining. And started to understand the challenge women across tech would soon be facing:

As we enter this work week, post manifesto, we’re thinking about how to best support our female co-workers. To not only say that we believe in them, but to demonstrate it. And show them that we think differently than the author of the manifesto.

Here are five ideas:

  1. Tell my female co-workers I believe in diversity, and I’m glad to be working with or for them.
  2. Express gratitude to my female co-workers, calling out specific behavior we appreciate. E.g., “I like the way you describe architectural risk during code reviews.”
  3. Talk about technical things I’ve learned from female co-workers. E.g., “What I learned from Ana about AI open source libraries is…”
  4. Tell women about the expertise I see in them & how badass they are.
  5. Challenge bias and sexist behavior when I see it. Not just today. Every. Single. Day.

Now it’s your turn. What will you do to demonstrate your support of women and underrepresented minorities? We look forward to hearing from you in the comments or on Twitter.

Becoming an ally is a journey. Want to join us?

Together, we can — and will — make a difference.

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