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Friday, February 16, 2018

Ellen Pao: New Feminist Icon in Silicon Valley

Ellen Pao: New feminist icon in silicon valley

Ellen Pao, a former junior partner at the venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, lost her gender discrimination lawsuit on April 27. Pao had alleged that the firm had discriminated against her because of her gender, and she seeked 16 million dollars in damage. The definition of discrimination has changed drastically in the past couple years, as it went from having to be based around serious sexual harassment cases to being centered around unequal treatment of different genders.

 

Her case had sparked many controversial arguments over the definition of gender discrimination. Some claimed that she had made a huge fuss before she got fired for being an inadequate employee, just to get some last-minute money out of the company. The evidence she brought to the court was not enough to persuade the jury to support her case, and brought the lawsuit case to an end with an 8-4 verdict, in favor to Kleiner Perkins. “If it’s based on achievement and how she thinks her being fired is  because she is a girl, then I think we shouldn’t immediately come to the conclusion that it was because of her gender.  I’m not downplaying gender inequalities, but I feel like there could be other elements,” said Kevin Fang (10). Throughout the grueling month-long lawsuit, Kleiner Perkins had brought forth testimonies about Pao’s unsatisfactory work performance.

 

However, we must not ignore the fact that she had brought forth evidence of being sexually harassed by a co-worker, and being treated poorly after being involved in an affair with a married co-worker, even though the counterpart had instigated the relationship. She also alleged that women co-workers had been excluded from a dinner that a male partner had held, because the host had claimed that “women would kill the buzz.” According to Deborah Rhode, a Stanford law professor, the evidence in this case is a very typical description of what’s happening in Silicon Valley.

 

“When Ellen Pao lost the sexual discrimination trial, some praised this as a win for standing up for women; however, I still see this as a loss for women in the tech industry overall. As misogyny and discrimination continue to dominate the workplace, Ellen Pao’s loss only affirms the superiority of men and the lack of change happening,” said Anna Zheng (10). “I am sure many women, not only limited to those in the tech industry, have seen themselves in Ellen Pao’s shoes as women are still continuously underrepresented in the workforce. The blatant truth is that the more successful a woman is, the less likely she is liked.”

 

Ellen Pao is now the interim chief executive officer of internet company Reddit Inc. Even though Pao lost this case, she is able to find solace in her belief that her gender discrimination lawsuit would help other women in the same shoes  as her bring forth their stories of unfair treatment at their workplaces. “If I’ve helped to level the playing field for women and minorities in venture capital, then the battle was worth it,” she said in a statement after the jury handed down its verdict.

 

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