WOMEN
08/28/2014 05:49 pm ET

One Woman's Amazing Response To Sexism In The Tech Industry

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Brianna Wu regularly receives threatening emails, and she's over it.

Wu, the Head of Development at Giant Spacekat and host of the Isometric podcast on 5by5, recently wrote an incredible response to one sexist message that has us saying amen.

I got a harassing email today, and decided to respond with this letter. Feel free to RT. pic.twitter.com/ut96HqxkCJ

— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) August 27, 2014

Wu previously wrote about the daily harassment of women in the gaming industry in a July 22 piece for Polygon, revealing that she has been called terrible names, received rape threats, and was once threatened by someone who knew her home address.

"I haven’t been out to my car at night by myself since January 2nd," she wrote.

Wu shared stories of other women who have been harassed similarly, concluding:

If you are a woman working in the games industry, especially in a public way, you’re going to experience harassment. I imagine telling my 12-year-old self that fulfilling my dream of making games would lead to constant threats. Would she still do it? Would any woman?

After Wu tweeted her response letter publicly on Tuesday, she continued to receive derogatory and threatening comments. She shared some of the negative feedback she was receiving on Twitter:

@Spacekatgal women like you are the reason women get harassed at work. You are obviously stupid if you choose the path of more resistance

— William (@wjphillips1985) August 28, 2014

I would like to thank the hundreds of men who have written to inform me of my letter typo. I am deeply ashamed. Thank you for correcting me!

— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) August 27, 2014

The way Wu and her contemporaries have been treated in their professional field is truly upsetting, but we love that Wu made her response public. Here's hoping it will empower other women in a similar position to push back, too.

The Huffington Post was unable to reach Wu for comment.

[h/t BoingBoing]

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