Facets: Issue 11

January 22, 2016

It's not your fault

Julia Chou
"It felt paradoxical to me that I felt both extreme anger and empathy for him at the same time."

Even years after experiencing sexual harassment at the hands of her manager at Google, the repercussions— both physical and physiological— continue to make their presence felt in Chou's life. But she shares the experience with us in this raw, profoundly honest post, as well as a few things that she wishes she'd known at the time. Chief among those things: if you are being sexually harassed, it is not your fault.

Finding support as a new (senior) woman leader

Lara Hogan
"had I not felt this particular kind of support from the company I work for, I probably wouldn't still be in tech."

It's often the case that employers and individuals want to support minorities in tech, but don't necessarily know how. There's never an easy answer, but in this post, Lara Hogan describes the very specific kind of support that she is offered by those around her— and its nuances— as she takes part in diversity initiatives. She acknowledges that there is still a ways to go, but hopes that her experience can help others find similar encouragement.

The Hearing Monoculture Rejects Those Who Can’t Hear

David Peter
"Communication is so hard, and when people discover that I need to communicate differently, they balk at barriers and talk to me less and less— until finally I’m left standing alone."

By telling the story of his experiences as a deaf person, David Peter unravels the very concept of communication and what it means, as well as the implicit biases that plague our everyday language and behaviour— not just in tech but in our worlds at large. After spending thirteen years learning to work within a hearing culture, he points out that it’s now our turn to take the time and consider how thoughtful communication impacts inclusion.

I Didn't Want to Lean Out

Frances Hocutt
"There’s a profoundly un-empathetic line of thought that goes: 'Diversity is good. This woman is adding to diversity in STEM. Her leaving decreases diversity. Therefore, she is bad to leave.'"

In this piece, Hocutt details the experiences that led to her leaving the world of science (organic chemistry in particular), despite a lifelong love for it. She describes choosing self-respect, health, and happiness, but receiving pushback as a result. She describes taking that pushback and turning it into an excuse to leave, finding support, and rediscovering new dreams instead— one of which is building spaces in which she feels welcome.

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