HBO's "Silicon Valley" Needs to Address the Industry's 'Woman Problem'

April 9, 2015 4:06 PM

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HBO's "Silicon Valley" Needs to Address the Industry's 'Woman Problem'

In its first season on HBO, the Mike Judge comedy Silicon Valley successfully lampooned a myriad of real problems in the tech world, from naval-gazing executives to coders competing to create the next app that solves an incredibly trivial first-world problem. But the show failed to address the biggest issue that currently confronts the real Silicon Valley—the one that has made headlines this year from the SnapChat CEO’s misogynist emails to Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins—institutionalized sexism. It’s a missed opportunity on an otherwise funny and astute show.

Silicon Valley focuses on a group of male coders working on a startup called Pied Piper. The absence of female characters in the show could be, as those involved with the show have argued, its own commentary on the real Silicon Valley, where only 26% of the computing workforce is female. But since t...

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