February 28, 2018
Chang took guests behind the scenes of writing the book, which she started in 2015 after several on-air interviews led her to dig deeper into the story of gender equality in tech. “Brotopia” explores the history of women in tech – women were the original pioneers of programming; in the 1940’s, that job was considered administrative – as well as the myth of meritocracy, the role venture capital plays, and more.
As the pace of change accelerates with the advent of new technologies, there’s an opportunity for organizations to embrace new tools to combat biases. “The exclusion of women didn’t have to be the story of how we got here, and it certainly doesn’t need to be our future. Let’s take advantage of this moment,” Chang said, adding that data shows that having a balance of men and women on projects and in companies is good for business and the bottom line.
Read more about why Emily Chang wrote Brotopia: from Bloomberg Technology’s Fully Charged newletter
Read an excerpt from Brotopia: Women Once Ruled the Computer World. When Did Silicon Valley Become Brotopia?