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SlideshowThe 8 Biggest Turkeys of WiC in 2016
Eryn Leavens
11/23/2016

This has been a big year for women in tech and telecom. We've had lawsuits for gender discrimination filed (and won), tell-all books about unfair treatment at tech hubs published and an incoming president who has behaved questionably towards women elected. Women have fought long and hard for equal pay and equal treatment, and while the struggle is still real, we have made progress with every step.

Then again, not everything is progress. In other words, we've had some setbacks. From inappropriate office behavior to insulting and sexist ads, we've seen it all. And now we've lovingly documented every stumble, blunder and flub in the following slideshow so that in a few years we can look back and say, "Remember when women were paid less than men? Remember when we weren't taken seriously? We sure showed them!"

Click the slide below to find out our eight biggest Women in Comms turkeys for 2016... so far. Please share any others you can think of in the comments section!

 

Trumpageddon
We're gonna jump right in with the big issues here. Donald Trump shocked many of us by winning the recent presidential election by an Electoral College landslide. We're all still in the dark about what changes he'll actually bring to the White House that will affect women, but we've got a pretty good idea based on statements made during his campaign. From paltry maternity and no paternity leave to a tolerance for sexual harassment to not endorsing equal pay, Trump has proven that the next four years may be an uphill battle for working women across the board. (See WiCipedia: Election Aftermath, Telecom Advances & Wunderkinds, WiCipedia: Small Steps Forward, Big Step Back, WiCipedia: Trumpisms, Marriage Penalties & Back-to-School Inspo and WiCipedia: Trump's Family Leave Fail & Hostility at Apple.) (Source:  The Political Insider)
We're gonna jump right in with the big issues here. Donald Trump shocked many of us by winning the recent presidential election by an Electoral College landslide. We're all still in the dark about what changes he'll actually bring to the White House that will affect women, but we've got a pretty good idea based on statements made during his campaign. From paltry maternity and no paternity leave to a tolerance for sexual harassment to not endorsing equal pay, Trump has proven that the next four years may be an uphill battle for working women across the board. (See WiCipedia: Election Aftermath, Telecom Advances & Wunderkinds, WiCipedia: Small Steps Forward, Big Step Back, WiCipedia: Trumpisms, Marriage Penalties & Back-to-School Inspo and WiCipedia: Trump's Family Leave Fail & Hostility at Apple.)
(Source: The Political Insider)

— Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, Light Reading

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ErynLeavens
ErynLeavens
11/23/2016 | 12:16:31 PM
Re: fried turkeys
Thanks, Sarah! The pictures were fun. ; )  I agree that it's disheartening that companies many of us think of as equal opportunity are in fact anything but and that it's all appearances. I do think there are companies that are doing awesome things for women and making huge advances though. End of year best of 2016 WiC slideshow?!
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
11/23/2016 | 8:45:19 AM
fried turkeys
Bad moments for WiC, but a great roundup, Eryn! I find the Facebook and Qualcomm reports especially disappointing given that both companies outwardly appear to champion women and make mentorship, advancement and equality a priority. It's a good reminder that any policy or program is just lip service if the numbers don't back it up.
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