How the Meritocracy Myth Affects Women in Technology

From Utah Public Radio, author Elise Hu sheds light on the disparity of women in science and technology. Females account for just 6% of the CEOs of top tech companies and only 8% of all venture-backed startup founders.

Some have suggested that Silicon Valley is a meritocracy, where the best and the brightest rise to the top, regardless of gender, race, wealth, or background. In fact, startup founders typically come from a very specific caste: white males from Stanford, Harvard or MIT.

“If the people solving tech problems are mainly white, male and privileged, then what problems¬†aren’t¬†they solving? Should one of the most influential forces of the global economy be driven by only the perspectives of a certain slice of our population?”

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