WiCipedia: Female leaders bring higher profit margins
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: Free online summit for trans people in tech; speaking up as the only Black person in the room; COVID-19's job insecurity woes; and more.
- Being the only Black person, especially a Black woman, in the room in a tech workplace is not a rare occurrence, unfortunately. An anonymous columnist on Sifted, a UK startup news publication, wrote about their experience being the only person who looked like them at work, and found the experience challenging, to say the least. One of the recurring situations they found themselves in was having to stand up for themselves and speak out against racism, completely on their own, despite feeling uncomfortable and at times unsafe. The author wrote, "Speaking out about racism and microaggressions in an environment where you're the only or one of a few minorities is very difficult. There may be no one else to back you up, no one else to express their own discomfort. There may be no one else who understands why something is problematic. The burden will rest on you to a) call out the racism, b) educate everyone on why it's racist (i.e. prove it was racist), and c) convince everyone to change how they talk about or handle certain issues." This should not be the responsibility of minorities. Companies need to do better – particularly forward-thinking tech companies – in order to ensure that all employees feel safe and protected at work. (See WiCipedia: Black female founders take on VC discrimination.)