Today’s Iconic Woman is Susan Fowler, who gained notoriety as a whistleblower against Uber, a company she worked for at the time.
Finally, she landed at Uber, as a Site Reliability Engineer, where she had finally had enough of the blatant sexism. Her manager propositioned her to partake in illicit, inappropriate activities, and she reported him to Human Resources. However, they refused to punish him because of his productivity. She ended up writing a 3,000 word blog post online about the hostile work environment toward female employees at Uber, including outlining her experience with her former manager. The story went viral, which led to public investigations of the company, and several people were fired. Even the CEO, Travis Kalanick, had to resign in the midst of the intense fallout.
Susan’s whistleblowing impacted not just Uber, but many start-up tech companies in Silicon Valley, and she became a business world celebrity.
With different levels of severity, danger, or harm, nearly every working woman in every industry has experienced something related to corporate sexism.
If you’ve experienced or are currently experiencing something comparable at school or work, you need to know that you are not alone, and it is not your fault, and you have the right to feel safe when you’re just taking up space and living your life. NO ONE has the right to make you physically uncomfortable or unsafe, and there is no appropriate way for those kinds of interactions and experiences to take place at work.
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