Is meritocracy a joke for women in tech?

April 18, 2015 10:32 AM

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From Patricia Arquette's passionate Oscars battle cry about gender pay disparity to the recent ruling against Ellen Pao in her gender discrimination lawsuit lobbed at Kleiner Perkins, how women fare in the workplace has been a big and often controversial topic recently.

Many people who believe women are treated fairly in the workplace throw out the word "meritocracy" to explain discrepancies in pay and presence in leadership areas. However, that's becoming a flimsy, throwaway excuse aimed at a complicated issue. In many pockets of American business culture, the ver...

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