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Forum: Fighting Misogyny In Tech

  • Impact Hub Boston 50 Milk Street 15th Floor Boston, Massachusetts 02109 (map)

In support of the Google walkout and other actions, Boston Tech Workers for Justice presents a forum on sexist and misogynist oppressions in the tech industry. Speakers will share their experiences encountering and working against this oppression, then we will break into smaller groups so attendees can share. We will wrap up with brainstorms of what problems we are facing and what next steps we can collectively take to fight back.

Context:

On November 1, Google employees around the world staged a coordinated walkout to demand that Google take meaningful steps to end sexual harassment in their offices. Workers walked out by the thousands at exactly 11:10 a.m. in their respective time zones and were encouraged not to return to work until the following day. Over 40 different offices in as many cities are reported to have participated in the walkout, with total participation estimated by some to have reached 20,000 worldwide.
These protests come in the wake of a New York Times article published on October 25 that detailed a long history of racial and gender discrimination at Google, as well as efforts on the part of executive management to protect those responsible for sexual harassment and other serious misconduct from facing any negative repercussions. More than one speaker at the Seattle rally ended their testimony about the abuses that they endured, reported to the company and saw summarily dismissed, with the bitter refrain “…and that manager still works here.”
While corporate representatives and individual high-level executives have voiced their support for the walkout, it remains unclear what commitments, if any, Google employees can expect from the company moving forward. Internal discussion of the event on company discussion forums and email has been generally positive, according to employees. The intense public scrutiny that Google finds itself under as a result of this action has undoubtedly forced upper management to take their current mildly supportive stance, but such progressive goals will undoubtedly be won only through a consistent struggle on the part of employees and their supporters.

Venue details:

Impact Hub Boston is a coworking space in Downtown Boston. The space is accessible. T stops for Red, Green, Blue, Orange, and Silver are 5-10 minutes walk away. We will provide refreshments.

Later Event: January 30
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