Friday, April 24, 2015

Women of Silicon Valley: Changing how Women are Represented Online

Humans of New York is a popular Facebook page anywhere you go. In fact, it has become so popular that it has actually expanded into a website, an Instagram account, and a book! The great thing about HONY is that it represents, beautifully, the diversity among people in New York City. For us regular folk reading online, we get to see all this diversity being incorporated into our Facebook page, in ways that may not have been seen before. Let me be clear that I have no issues with HONY— I think that for what it does, it does an excellent job. However, a new website has emerged, a spin off of HONY, that in my opinion, takes it to a whole new level. 

A Stanford computer science student has recently started Women Of Silicon Valley— a page very similar to HONY in that it seeks to represent the women who work so hard to make Silicon Valley run, because the image that is put out to the public is predominantly male. I think this is a huge, huge development for the web, and for how women represent themselves online. In an age where women are meant to look sexy and beautiful online, these women are showing that intelligence IS sexy and beautiful. These women, and specifically the student who started this initiative, are changing the way women view themselves, and are attacking the stereotype that smart women cannot be beautiful. I think this is an exciting project, and I’m very excited to see how it goes. 

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