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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment 710

First time accepted submitter PvtVoid writes in with the story of Julie Ann Horvath alleging a culture of sexism at GitHub. "The exit of engineer Julie Ann Horvath from programming network GitHub has sparked yet another conversation concerning women in technology and startups. Her claims that she faced a sexist internal culture at GitHub came as a surprise to some, given her former defense of the startup and her internal work at the company to promote women in technology."
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

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  • Maybe, but (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 17, 2014 @05:20AM (#46503739)

    Men can be very rough to their coworkers and subordinates.

    Women often think that the rough behavior they're enduring is specific to their sex. It's not. If gender is involved at all it's simply as a pretext. It could just as well have been height, hair length, or anything else that makes one a little different from the crowd.

    The ruthless men (and a few women) of the business world only care about gender or race or any other difference only to extent that it helps them climb the ladder to the top.

    This attitude seems foreign to most women.

    If you really want to know how bad it can get, watch Glenngarry Glen Ross.

  • Re:Time to fork Git? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 17, 2014 @05:20AM (#46503741)

    Git doesn't rely on github, at all. It is also completely open source (GPL) so if you wanted to fork it for some reason, you could.
    What would make a lot more sense would be creating a community run alternative to github itself. Something without a business behind it.

  • A bit slow Slashdot? (Score:3, Informative)

    by mystuff ( 1088543 ) on Monday March 17, 2014 @05:25AM (#46503763)
    There's already an update to this story here: Update on Julie Horvarth's Departure []
  • by Alarash ( 746254 ) on Monday March 17, 2014 @05:43AM (#46503837)
    GitHub's CEO has posted something [] on this:

    This weekend, GitHub employee Julie Horvath spoke publicly about negative experiences she had at GitHub that contributed to her resignation. I am deeply saddened by these developments and want to comment on what GitHub is doing to address them.

    We know we have to take action and have begun a full investigation. While that’s ongoing, and effective immediately, the relevant founder has been put on leave, as has the referenced GitHub engineer. The founder’s wife discussed in the media reports has never had hiring or firing power at GitHub and will no longer be permitted in the office.

    GitHub has grown incredibly fast over the past two years, bringing a new set of challenges. Nearly a year ago we began a search for an experienced HR Lead and that person came on board in January 2014. We still have work to do. We know that. However, making sure GitHub employees are getting the right feedback and have a safe way to voice their concerns is a primary focus of the company.

    As painful as this experience has been, I am super thankful to Julie for her contributions to GitHub. Her hard work building Passion Projects has made a huge positive impact on both GitHub and the tech community at large, and she's done a lot to help us become a more diverse company. I would like to personally apologize to Julie. It’s certain that there were things we could have done differently. We wish Julie well in her future endeavors.

    Chris Wanstrath
    CEO & Co-Founder

  • Re:she's a nutcase (Score:5, Informative)

    by joe545 ( 871599 ) on Monday March 17, 2014 @06:30AM (#46504049)

    Julie Horvath complained and had removed a rug at GitHub which she objected to because of the word "meritocracy". As that would imply that the fact there were so few women in IT and in GitHub in general was because women were not as good as men.

    She also headed-up a female-only lecture project within GitHub.

    Take these facts into consideration when considering her claims of hula-hoop-sexism.

    Source: []

  • Re:she's a nutcase (Score:5, Informative)

    by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) * <mojo@world3.nBLUEet minus berry> on Monday March 17, 2014 @08:48AM (#46504763) Homepage Journal

    As that would imply that the fact there were so few women in IT and in GitHub in general was because women were not as good as men.

    The article you linked to explains it far better than that. GitHub is saying that it isn't a perfect meritocracy yet and needs to do more to encourage women to join. It's just accepting the idea that there are women who want to work in IT but are put off doing so, and that GitHub can do something about it.

    Also, from the Passion Projects (female speaker only lectures) web site:

    Can I attend a Passion Projects talk if I'm not a woman?
    Absolutely. The typical Passion Projects audience is usually split down the middle, half men and half women. And we wouldn't have it any other way. It's just as important for men to see these women as role models as it is for women to.

    In other words they are just trying to help encourage women to give lectures on IT related subjects because they feel that they are otherwise under-represented. It isn't some rabid anti-man feminazi group, and more than scholarships for underprivileged students are run by rich people haters or support groups targeting black communities are racists.

  • Engineer? (Score:5, Informative)

    by the eric conspiracy ( 20178 ) on Monday March 17, 2014 @09:40AM (#46505209)

    How is this person an engineer?

    Her linkedin profile shows a degree in marketing and job titles in design and marketing. Not any engineering background to be seen. []

    Sorry, but no.

  • by Gavagai80 ( 1275204 ) on Monday March 17, 2014 @10:33AM (#46505723) Homepage
    Seems like they don't dispute any of her accusations, and readily endorse them.
  • by gweihir ( 88907 ) on Monday March 17, 2014 @10:53AM (#46505915)

    Very far from it actually. There is however a specific type of woman that likes to complain loudly at the slightest opportunity and think any and all things she does not like are intentionally done to hurt her. There are also some women that like to use these claims as basis of power-plays, up to and including false claims of rape.

    These women are a serious problem, because they make it hard to recognize whether a complaint about "harassment" by any woman is just this thing or actually genuine. While most women are not this stupid and selfish, the minority that is seems to be far larger than similar groups among men.

  • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) * <mojo@world3.nBLUEet minus berry> on Monday March 17, 2014 @01:01PM (#46507567) Homepage Journal

    Asshole is gender neutral, bitch is a pejorative used exclusively for women. More over it has a history of being used in a sexist way, much like "nigger" has a history of being used in a racist way.

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