Everyday Sexism’s Laura Bates on the “varied” abuse women face online
After the event, we caught up with Laura to ask her why it’s important to have true online equality.
She said that she’s been the victim of a lot of online abuse, and claimed that “abuse is much more varied than people realise.”
It varies from discounting women’s articles, getting abusive comments instead of constructive arguments, and being less likely to be retweeted and followed on Twitter.
“It goes all the way up the spectrum to really serious abuse. A lot of the stuff that I get falls into a middle-ground category, where I don’t think I should report it to the police, but it still completely refuses to see you as a human being”.
Women in communities
With this in mind, I asked Laura why it’s still important that she risks such abuse and threats by going out there on online communities.
The panel discussion focused on the the fact that there’s a lot animosity towards women within within the technology industry, and asked how we can persuade women to challenge and overcome such resistance.
The advantages of women in tech
I asked Laura afterwards what the advantages would be once this has been achieved. As she said in the event, “no matter how anti-feminist you are, you cannot believe that the statistics represent a true indication of where talent lies.”
Advice for women in tech
If you were to give a woman aiming to start a tech-related career or project, what would the one piece of advice be?
Laura’s answer was immediate: network. She urged women to get together with like-minded people to improve the industry towards a more progressive future.