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Lighten Up: A follow up
26 March 2012
In 48 hours, Lighten Up got over 62k views.
It stayed on HackerNews's front page for two days. It generated almost 800 comments.
Jaqui Chang and Jeff Atwood mentioned the post, as well as one of the people from Mojang, and Phil Haacked.
There were so many comments on the post, it broke my commenting module and I had to close comments.
There were people who blew off the post, but I expected that. After all, the post is about being blown off.
There were heart wrenching posts by men and women detailing how it had happened to them, or to someone they loved.
There were people who admitted that things like this caused them to leave the industry.
Some admitted that they were discouraging their daughters from careers in development due to the culture.
The most powerful posts were from men who realized that they did this, and that they needed to stop.
Leaders of tech groups reached out to me, asking how they could attract more women to their groups.
Owners of companies reached out to me, offering me work.
I was stunned.
While I left the tech industrry for some time, I've returned to it, and am determined to stay. I was out of it completely for five years, though, and was only drawn back in when I realized that coding was what made me happy.
I'm stronger now at 31 than I was at 21. This time, I'll make a stand.
I'm very happy with my current job, and haven't had a whiff of what happened to me at other places happen here, at Cox. They're an awesome bunch of people, and proof that you can joke and have fun without having a hostile work environment.
The reactions were a powerful indication that, even though our community has its issues, there are people that are willing to work through them and make this a better place for everyone.
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