Ellen Pao knows a thing or two about discrimination in the Silicon Valley tech industry. She experienced it firsthand and sought justice through the California civil courts. Then she wrote a book to tell the world about the way women who work in a typically male-dominated industry are systemically treated.
By now, almost everyone has heard about the engineer for Google who got fired earlier this week because of a reported violation of the code of conduct for the company. His dismissal was related to the release of an allegedly sexist memo the employee wrote about diversity, which read in part, "We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism."