Silicon Valley is notorious for its still-pervasive gender gap (Sheryl Sandberg's success notwithstanding). But it seems like slowly but surely, tech companies like Google are familiarizing themselves with "the second sex" and letting women in -- emphasis on slowly but surely.
Today kicked off Google I/O 2012, the company's annual conference for developers with panels like "What's Next For Chrome Extensions?" and "SQL Vs NoSQL: Battle Of The Backends" (we know, scintillating stuff). But the conversation turned from tech to culture at "Women Techmakers," a panel where female techies discussed the current state of women within the tech world.
“They gave me a t-shirt and it’s a size small, men’s... That makes me feel unwelcome. I don’t want to make this a big issue or confrontational thing…. But the thing is, I show up, and I want my shirt, and I don’t want to be told that I can sleep in it."
In response to Maier's well-made point (and the hearty applause it engendered), senior vice president and panelist Susan Wojcicki told her, "We’ll communicate it — and make sure we have women’s t-shirts."
Jezebel points out that the t-shirt fix is just one small piece of a larger battle, which includes getting more women into the tech industry in the first place. But while they're at it, we'd like to put on our fashion editor hats for a second and suggest another change: how about actually making the I/O t-shirts attractive?
Electric Razor And Vibrator Combo
For those who want to pleasure themselves in the most dangerous way possible. (<a href="http://www.dirjournal.com/shopping-journal/check-out-the-5-most-insane-products-for-women/">source</a>)
Pikaru Baby Carrier Vest
Perfect for moms who want to look like that guy from "Total Recall." (<a href="http://www.momlogic.com/2009/12/2009s_most_useless_products_for_women.php#8">source</a>)
"Booty Pop" Butt Inserts
Everyone will notice your enhanced behind, but probably not in the way you'd like. (<a href="http://cloud10lv.blogspot.com/2009/11/cloud-10-status-booty-pop-dreamie.html">source</a>)
Kush Support Breast Separator
Because for the last 2,000 years large-chested women haven't gotten any sleep at all. (<a href="http://www.kushsupport.com">source</a>)
Pink Ladies' Tools
Because there's no way women will pick up a wrench if it isn't the color of roses. (<a href="http://www.heartlessdoll.com/2009/08/top_ten_products_needlessly_marketed_to_women.php"?>source</a>)
This is one treat you must be REALLY careful not to go overboard on, unless you want to be an A-cup at dinner and a D-cup after dessert. (<a href="http://www.yumyucky.com/.a/6a010536e3fd46970c0120a5f2d192970b-pi.jpg">source</a>)
Go Girl Female Urinal Cup
Whatever happened to popping a squat? (<a href="http://www.dirjournal.com/shopping-journal/check-out-the-5-most-insane-products-for-women/">source</a>)
Beauty Smile Trainer
We honestly don't understand how this works. What's more confusing is how she managed that weird smile/frown combo in the "before" photo.
For $286, you can wear earrings with long strands of real human hair attached. Yeah, we don't get it either. (<a href="http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/categories/C64/P50/">source</a>)
At $94.29 a pair, these are quite possibly the most expensive route to looking as cheap as possible. (<a href="http://www.thefrisky.com/post/246-ho-no-they-didnt-thong-jeans/">source</a>)
Rejuvinique Face Mask
Tone your face with this rejuvenating mask! If you haven't already scared everyone away by looking like a serial killer, people will think you look great. (<a href="http://www.bellasugar.com/13-Really-Ridiculous-Beauty-Products-1093927?page=0,0,0">source</a>)
Betty Pubic Hair Dye
Color for the hair "down there." Sure to freak out your partner! (<a href="http://www.bettybeauty.com/">source</a>)