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Ellen Pao’s latest book, Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change, is the unusual story that goes into the very details of the twisted and challenging life of women in Silicon Valley.
In 2012, when a junior partner and former chief of staff at the tech venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Ellen Pao sued her company for gender demarcation, her lawsuit surprisingly exhilarated the women working in the technology field. The term “Pao effect” was coined by the journalists to describe the accretion in women raising their voice out against workplace gender discrimination.
She portrays the varieties of sexism she had to encounter on her job, that included being denied promotions despite having more experience and seniority when compared to the person who was promoted in her place, being asked to lower her voice and also, permanently being seated at the end of the room during meetings to babysit her colleague’s children.
Pao ravels out the slow assemblage of slights and outrages that she had to endure at Kleiner. She had demonstrated a remarkable amount of determination even while going through with the bruising trial, which again caused a different level of mental discomfort.
Pao’s book is most canny when it depicts a beguiling form of discrimination. At the end of the book, she notes that she has come up with Project Include, to fight against the underrepresentation of women in tech.