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Article

28 Mar 2015

Author:
Susie Cagle, Guardian (UK)

Ellen Pao lawsuit loss will not slow fight for gender equality in Silicon Valley

…Despite the verdict [in Kleiner’s favour], Pao and other women in the tech industry remained defiant, hinting at more fights to come in their efforts to level the playing field. While Pao’s trial was under way, former employees at Twitter and Facebook filed gender discrimination suits…Pao’s trial was a watershed moment for women in Silicon Valley, who have always been a minority in the technology industry…Like Pao’s suit, the suits against Twitter and Facebook will face significant challenges in presenting clear evidence of discrimination in an industry shaped by implicit bias and stereotypes that often come in the form of vague proclamations of “culture fit”…The Pao verdict creates no new legal precedent, only a socio-cultural one. As the dust settled…many supporters tweeted to express their gratitude for Pao’s courage and leadership – with the hashtag #ThankYouEllenPao…[Also refers to GitHub, Tinder (part of IAC)]

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