A challenge to all DN users

over 5 years ago from Shane Boland, front-end design/shopify optimization

  • Anna NiessAnna Niess, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    I regularly tell both men and women about DN if I think they are interested. It seems you are missing the point.

    Consider how women who speak up are treated in online communities, and you have you answer in why so few women are on Designer News. Message boards, comments sections, and social media can be pretty terrifying places for women.

    The great thing is, DN is one of the few accepting and professional forums I've ever seen. Way more women should be involved and contributing to this place. It's an incredible resource as is, and women can bring more diverse content and points of view that we can all benefit from.

    Dismissing the absence of women in design and technology fields as not a problem, or not something that doesn't need to be addressed... is exactly the problem.

    37 points
    • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, over 5 years ago

      Exactly, the population is 50-50 so if theres less than that we should be asking why. More so if it doesn't match the number currently in our industry.

      But when its as little as 8%, we should worry that voices our community needs, perspectives our community needs, aren't getting enough representation.

      So we should ask why, we should invite them. Sure invite everyone, but obviously that hasn't reached enough women, so we should go out of our way to invite a few.

      17 points
    • Stephanie WalterStephanie Walter, over 5 years ago

      "Message boards, comments sections, and social media can be pretty terrifying places for women." => As a female designer who comments on DN and other social networks, I'd like to know why you think it's terrifying for us. Is there any kind of study ? I'd be really interested in.

      11 points