Tracy Chou’s (Pinterest) Formative Moment

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Formative is proudly made in collaboration with Reddit’s entrepreneur community and Google Cloud Platform ( Follow the entire series and join the conversation at How do we solve the problems of diversity and inclusion in Silicon Valley? Activist and Pinterest software engineer Tracy Chou has more than a few ideas. Hear her plan for the future on the next episode of Formative.


41 thoughts on “Tracy Chou’s (Pinterest) Formative Moment”

  1. So many of the people writing comments on this video are (mainly men) focusing on how the tech industry should ignore gender and focus completely on skill set, and are completely ignoring the fact that there are a million other facts that go into someone's skill set besides pure knowledge. I am currently a women studying computer science and know exactly what she means by "imposter syndrome": I receive the same, if not higher, grades compared to my classmates but constantly feel like I am not as good as they are. It isn't something that I am making up to make you feel bad, it's something that is actively impacting my learning. Instead of dismissing women as "playing the gender card", maybe try listening to what she is saying and trying to start a dialogue to help.

  2. Anyone else feel that it's ironic that this is a Google series and Apple products and even founders are being highly featured in these videos? I mean, it's kind of obvious how prevalent they are but it's just a little funny to me.

  3. What is it with women and gender stuff? I really don't get it, if they can't or can accomplish something is always because of their gender, they're like "…Oh I did it and look I'm a girl and I did it!", they really think the world spins around them. Please understand, it's not about gender, it's about qualification, if you're good you get the job, if you're not, you don't, true for men and women!

  4. This whole argument is such a waste of time, spun for good PR. Even this piece is 20% intro, and the rest is an advertisement for T Chou and Pintrest, not really a piece on something inspiring for others. When we elect a president because he's black, or because she's female, or hire someone because she's female engineer, a female coder, and so on… instead of because they are the BEST CHOICE, with the best grades and the best qualifications, that's just as silly as not electing or hiring someone because they are black or female. We should all focus on the best, most qualified people with the most skills, so much so that the color of their skin, hair, or car all fade into the background. The only argument for helping race relations THAT WORKS is ignoring race.

  5. a lot of people are getting so mad at this girl for "complaining" about her experience, having her gender and ethnicity because you people think its ridiculous and she's making something outta nothing but its true xD the numbers don't lie women have a harder time in specific industries lol

  6. She didn't anything that bad, it seemed to me, just talking about her experience. I know there issues associated with some of this stuff, but the video is perfectly fine.

  7. I have an engineering degree. My wife has an engineering degree. She doesn't expect me to value hers more than mine. I don't expect her to value mine more than hers. I don't think it's "cute" that she's an engineer. She doesn't think it's "cliche" that I'm an engineer. I guess we are just lucky to not feel like gender is some kind of "problem" in our lives.

  8. Wow some people in the comment section are really salty about this video and need to chill. It's a well made "uplifting" style piece with a lot of good points, and some personal stories, it's not trying to force women into CS if they don't want to pursue it.

  9. "How do we solve the problems of diversity and inclusion in Silicon Valley?" – who exactly experiences such problems? Women and minorities (they already have affirmative action, lots of programs for girls/women as competitive advantage)? Corporations? Politicians? Who exactly views current situation as a problem?

  10. Jobs don't need arbitrary diversity. Hire whoever is best for the position. Quotas are by definition unequal, if you are hiring someone for something other than their skills in that field then you are doing it wrong.

    If its a woman, hire her.
    If it's a man, hire him.
    If they are black, hire them.
    If they are any number of races, hire them.
    If they are homosexual, hire them.
    If they are trans, hire them.

  11. Laws for discrimination were and are necessary. Laws for diversity are inherently racist / sexist (an unfortunate irony) not to mention counterproductive for any company, especially tech-related.

    If you want to live in a democracy and / or a meritocracy you should make transparent all candidates resumes as a part of public database to find out if discrimination is taking place.

    Mother nature isn't going to roll over for you because you didn't get a certain job due to not being most suited for the position.

  12. How rich, 2nd gen minority coming to a country having success and complaining there aren't enough like her in her chosen field. that's like me a gringo going to Mexico becoming a nurse and whining there aren't enough gringo male nurses in el hospital

  13. We definitely need more diversity in coal mining and truck driving. They are far more male oriented than technology. I think Ms. Chau may be championing the wrong cause.

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