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Diversity: We're Not Done Yet

Diversity: We're Not Done Yet

EuroPython 2015, Bilbao, Spain

Blog post: http://www.roguelynn.com/words/were-not-done-yet/

Lynn Root

July 23, 2015
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  1. Diversity
    We’re not done yet.

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  2. One obstacle to adulthood needs to be solved
    immediately:
    We must learn not just to accept differences between
    ourselves and our ideas, but to enthusiastically
    welcome and enjoy them.
    Diversity contains as many treasures as those waiting
    for us on other worlds.
    We will find it impossible to fear diversity and to enter
    into the future at the same time.
    – Gene Roddenberry

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  3. whoami
    @roguelynn | roguelynn.com
    Backend Engineer
    Vice Chair, PSF
    SF PyLadies

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  4. why it’s a problem

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  5. There’s little correlation between a
    group’s collective intelligence and
    the IQs of its individual members.
    But if a group includes more
    women, its collective intelligence
    rises.
    – Harvard Business Review

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  6. …creativity depends on our life
    experiences. Without diversity, the life
    experiences we bring to an
    engineering problem are limited.
    As a consequence, we may not find
    the best engineering solution.
    – National Academy of Engineering

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  7. …when groups of intelligent individuals
    are working to solve hard problems, the
    diversity of the problem solvers matters
    more than their individual ability.
    Thus, diversity is not distinct from enhancing
    overall quality—
    it is integral to achieving it.
    – Scientific American

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  8. …chronic and woeful underrepresentation in
    the workforce leads to
    “the inescapable conclusion that we are
    missing critical contributors to our talent pool.”
    It is hard to grow a workforce
    —let alone get the “best” workforce—
    when there’s broad underrepresentation
    of up to 75 percent of the potential talent pool.
    – Scientific American

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  9. After 10 years of work experience,
    41% of women in tech leave the
    industry, compared with 17% of men.
    But they are not more likely to leave
    that the women in other industries
    because of having families.
    – Harvard Business Review

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  10. Google Apple Yahoo Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
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    Gender diversity within tech fields

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  11. what we’re doing
    right

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  12. What we’re doing right
    ‣ Python Software Foundation

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  13. What we’re doing right
    ‣ Python Software Foundation
    ‣ Conferences

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  14. What we’re doing right
    ‣ Python Software Foundation
    ‣ Conferences
    ‣ BDFL

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  15. What we’re doing right
    ‣ Python Software Foundation
    ‣ Conferences
    ‣ BDFL
    ‣ PyLadies

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  20. The Effect of PyLadies

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  35. what we’re
    missing

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  36. What I hear…

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  37. what’s said:
    Gender equality – that’s not a problem
    here! Those things don’t matter!
    translation:
    That is not a problem to me.

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  38. what’s said:
    We focus on quality, not gender!
    translation:
    Quality apparently means software
    written by men.

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  39. what’s said:
    Women aren’t interested in this.
    translation:
    It’s their own fault.

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  40. what’s said:
    We couldn’t find any women.
    translation:
    I didn’t want to put much effort in.

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  41. what’s said:
    Quotas are bad! That’s reverse
    discrimination.
    translation:
    I want to recruit my (male) friends so
    I can get my referral bonus.

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  42. what’s said:
    We were in a hurry.
    translation:
    We don’t care enough to put
    thought into our process.

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  43. what’s said:
    thinly-veiled bullshit.
    translation:
    bullshit.

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  44. “the bad guy” fallacy

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  45. let me google that
    for you

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  46. let me google that
    for you
    rogue.ly/lmgtfy
    Once in a
    lifetime
    event!!
    Act fast!

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  47. micro actions

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  48. s/female/women/g

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  49. s/female/women/g
    • Mean different things
    • Dehumanizing & exclusionary
    • Can imply inferiority

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  50. s/female/women/g

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  51. assume knowledge

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  52. women-first design

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  53. the difficult shit

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  54. comfort in the
    uncomfortable

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  55. say what you think

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  56. Yet Another
    Star Trek Quote

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  57. …humanity will reach
    maturity and wisdom on the
    day that it begins not just to tolerate,
    but take a special delight in differences in
    ideas and differences in life forms.

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  58. …the worst possible thing that can happen
    to all of us is for the future to
    somehow press us into a common mould,
    where we begin to act and talk
    and look and think alike.

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  59. If we cannot learn to actually enjoy
    those small differences, to take a positive
    delight in those small differences
    between our own kind here on this planet,
    then we do not deserve to go out into space
    and meet the diversity
    that is almost certainly out there.
    – Gene Roddenberry, The Star Trek Philosophy

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  60. Thanks!
    rogue.ly/wndy

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