Responsibility for diversity in tech?

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at:, or follow me on Twitter.


Just as advancing the diversity conversation isn’t up to one company, it’s also not up to one person or group within a company to solve a diversity shortfall.

“Why do I—as the black woman—have to fix that?” Saint John said. “There’s 50 of you, there’s one of me. Ya’ll fix it… Everybody else needs to make the noise—I want white men to make the noise.”

With those 37 words, Bozoman clarified something that anyone working in an industry plagued by bias (read: all of them) ought to internalize: Fixing sexism and racism at work (or anywhere else) is not exclusively the responsibility of women or people of color.

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