Emotional Labor of Software Engineers

The concept of emotional labor, introduced by Hochschild in 1983, refers to the “process by which workers are expected to manage their feelings in accordance with organizationally defined rules and guidelines”. For instance, judges are expected to appear impartial, nurses—compassionate and police officers—authoritative.

Find your Inner Tech Talk Topic

This Github repo includes materials and guidelines for running a brainstorming exercise that helps people develop ideas for tech talks. (The mechanism could be used for talks on any subject by adjusting the initial set of questions.) Slides from the initial presentation of the exercise are included in the repo. There are no speaker notes, but it should be pretty clear how to do it on your own.

Speaker lists

The Post-Meritocracy Manifesto

A well-written slate of alternate values for developers that don't reinforce current systems of oppression as "meritocracy" so often does. Readers are invited to sign on to the statement.

Project Implicit - Implicit Association Tests

Much of the conversation around diversity presupposes that people are not always consistent in what they believe. While a person may work to consciously believe in racial equality--for example, due to their upbringing, friendships, experiences, or any number of factors--they may unconsciously carry around negative associations and stereotypes about a particular group.

But how can we recognize what our own biases are?


Equal Future is a resource on social justice and technology — a web site and newsletter.

Books to Help You Understand Your Biases and the Lived Experiences of People

Ashe Dryden's curated list of introductory and advanced-level books on intersectionality, feminism, womanism, and social justice.

The Loneliness Of The Female Coder

This is a blog post by Ciara Byrne is about the difficulties of being female in tech.

On Meritocracy

Glenn Gillen's November 30, 2013 thoughts on the potential problems with meritocracy.

Where to Recruit Founders of Diverse Backgrounds

I list of over 100 organizations that provide funding, mentors, peers, publicity and more to founders of diverse backgrounds.

  • Founders, use this to find resources tailor made for you.
  • Speaker recruiters, here’s where you go to ensure diverse voices are heard.
  • Funders, these are your pipeline partners to find best in class entrepreneurs.