I am blown away by how quickly this has spread and how women, men, and everyone else are looking to improve the atmosphere in tech. I am especially happy by how the organizers at O’Reilly responded to the issue. I spoke with Gina Blaber, the VP of Conferences at O’Reilly, and they are figuring out next steps to make sure the experience is much better for everyone. This goes to show that they take this issue very seriously and that they care about you and your experience at OSCON.
Another thing I would like to say, is that I hope my post doesn’t make tech conferences or OSCON seem like an awful place for women. OSCON is still a great place to learn and meet new friends, regardless of gender. If you ever feel uncomfortable about anyone or anything, there are people there that care, and you shouldn’t be afraid of talking to them or speaking your mind. As scientists, developers, and engineers, this is just another problem we need to solve to make the industry a safer and happier place for everyone.