This Is What Tech’s Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like

Issie Lapowsky – WIRED magazine – Monday July 28, 2014

Illustration: Measuring the gender gap
This illustration by artist Oivind Hovland depicts the act of measuring the gender gap. Image: Oivind Hovland/Getty

Shortly after Kathryn Tucker started RedRover, an app that showcases local events for kids, she pitched the idea to an angel investor at a New York tech event. But it didn’t go over well. When she finished her pitch, the investor said he didn’t invest in women.

When she asked why, he told her. “I don’t like the way women think,” he said. “They haven’t mastered linear thinking.” To prove his point, he explained that his wife could never prioritize her to-do lists properly. And then, as if he was trying to compliment her, he told Tucker she was different. “You’re more male,” he said.

Tucker didn’t need to hear any more. “I said, ‘Thanks very much,’ walked out, and never spoke to him again,” she recalled earlier this year, as part of a panel discussion on “fundraising while female” at the annual Internet Week conference in New York.

It was one of many stories shared during a panel that painted the tech world as a place that. . .

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