What's sad to me is here we have another situation where women feel prevented from working in a tech field. I think any tech oriented company would want to hire the best talent, skills and expertise regardless of gender.
Here's the hoopla:
#1reasonwhy: the hashtag that exposed games industry sexism
The treatment of women in and by the video games industry has been a hot topic for most of the year – and for the last couple of days in particular. Hot on the heels of an Edge feature bemoaning and exploring the gender disparity in the video game industry, yesterday, women took to Twitter to talk about precisely why that might be.
It started out with game designer and Kickstarter games specialist Luke Crane, who asked a deceptively simple question on Twitter: why are there so few "lady game creators"? The responses ranged from the obvious to the oblique, and quickly spawned the hashtag #1reasonwhy, as dozens and then hundreds of women and men piled in with their own anecdotes and details.
Some themes emerged. Women talked about having their workdismissed and ignored, having designs for non-sexualised female characters rejected, their clothing and appearance being used to dismiss them on gender grounds, and, at the more extreme end, sexual harassment at conferences.