A feminist newsletter about diversity in Tech & Design
A few months ago Product Hunt asked people on Twitter to name the top 3 founders they admire. It wasn’t a surprise, but when looking at the answers I counted way more male names compared to the few female ones. Even myself (as a white queer -product designer- woman) struggled to give a quick answer without spending a fair amount of time doing some research. It really frustrates me that there’s still such a big lack of diversity among role models in the (tech/design) world, it makes me sad and angry.
Technology and design have tremendous power, they impact our lives every day in almost any task we perform and they’re also shaping our future. So it sounds obvious to me that having a diversity of experiences across people working in technology should be a priority, a must, in order to design and build accessible products in which everyone is represented and taken into account.
But the reality is that the tech industry is overwhelmingly dominated by white cis straight men, and this is not only proven bad for business, it’s also unfair and dangerous. A lack of diverse ideas and representation is fuel to gender, race, functional diversity and class inequality.
You can’t be what you can’t see. We need more diverse role models in tech and this is why I decided to create the Purple Design newsletter, to make my role models list grow while contributing on giving women and gender non-conforming people from diverse sexual orientations, racial, ethnic and functional backgrounds working in tech and design the spotlight they deserve.
If you made it this far it means you’d love things to change as much as I do, so thanks for reading and subscribe! ❤️
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