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Speaking in Tech: 'I get told to wear makeup by other women'

From bullying to booth babes – Caroline, Amy and the Sarahs have it covered

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Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch are away, leaving podcast co-host Sarah Vela with a "hostile takeover" on her hands.

Rocking the mic this week with Sarah are special guests Sarah Novotny, program chairwoman for OSCON and technical evangelist and community leader at NGINX; Amy Lewis, influence marketing for data center virtualization at Cisco; and Caroline McCrory, GigaOm Research's senior director of product development.

Kicking off with a debate about the number of women working in IT, Caroline said: "Oh yes, the infamous women in tech and how we're such a delicate breed of flower that needs to be bowed down to ... I find it appalling that there are some women out there who use the term 'feminism' to mask the wider problem of bullying, and bullying happens in all industries, not just tech – I get told to wear makeup or get a designer handbag more by other women than guys."

We won't spoil the rest – you can hear much more on this subject and other topics using the links below. The thought-provoking agenda and start times (in minutes and seconds) of the discussion points are as follows:

  • Feminism in tech (2:15)
  • Women vs women (10:45)
  • Jugs and unexamined language (14:25)
  • Booth babes and pretty smart people (19:25)
  • A learning culture (26:40)
  • Nerdy or naughty (30:20)
  • Cisco's Empowered Women Network (32:15)

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Speaking in Tech: Episode 108

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