Over the past year I've been invited to speak at two events1 that really resonated with me. In these spaces we could move beyond diversity 101 topics and start to dig into the root of the issues marginalized people face in tech. We could critically analyze the culture around us in a space made for us.
I'm often asked if I believe that things in tech are getting better. Are the efforts to raise awareness, educate, and counteract the effects of rampant sexism, racism, cissexism, homophobia, and ableism, among others, making an impact?
Ashe Dryden is a programmer, diversity advocate and consultant, prolific writer, speaker, creator of AlterConf, and co-founder of Fund Club. She's one of the foremost experts on diversity in the tech industry. Ashe is currently writing two books: The Diverse Team and The Inclusive Event. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American, Slate, The Nation, Wired, NPR, Bitch Magazine, and more.