Recently I had the idea to go back and look at some emails from 2009, after the CouchDB talk incident at GoGaRuCo. It reminded me how focused we were on bringing more women into the Ruby community—at that point the gender ratios were so abysmal, it was an obvious starting point.
Guess what? It didn’t magically fix the underlying problems. Now we have a Ruby community with more women, but many community leaders still do not prioritize diversity or ending expressions of sexism and discrimination. In fact, the way this is dismissed in the face of continued abuses leads some advocates to wonder why they’re encouraging new participants at all.
I’m ready for a new strategy. I want to do what we need to in order to keep the women who are here now safe and able to continue working in this field. Weekend workshops and code schools are great, but no substitute for addressing the current hostile environment. We need allies to speak up and show their support for a Ruby community that is welcoming to all participants, not only the privileged majority.(via spinnerin)