Emily Chang – Brotopia

For the last few years, I’ve been reading a lot more about women in tech and the problems faced. I’m really lucky at the company I’m in now that gender is not an issue, but it’s still a really big problem in the industry and I think the only way we can change things is to know more about the situation.

This book, however, was not for me. Other books I’ve read in the past have been more about how women in tech can empower themselves towards equality, but this book seemed more like an exposé of bad behaviour in the silicion valley area. An important book, and definitely one worth reading, but all the naming and shaming felt too much for me. 

I agree that naming and shaming is a good thing, but reading a whole book about it was really draining for me. Reading about isolated incidents in the news definitely draws attention to the problem and makes you think, but reading 300 pages of it made me start to lose hope that the industry can change. 

Saying that, the book was well researched and really well written, but just not an easy read, hence why it took me so long to get to the end. I’m definitely craving some easier fiction now!

My rating: 3Average rating: 4.04
317 pages. Published in: 2018
Read in Ebookon 6th November – 13th December 2018

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