Yesterday I had the thrill of reading an article about my company, Fingerprint in my local paper, The Marin Independent Journal, affectionately known as the “IJ”. Great article. The reporter told our story well and made me a minor celebrity for a day here in Mill Valley. I also got to take the physical paper and hang it up on the bulletin board at Fingerprint World Headquarters ….. our first print press coverage. Very exciting!
The crazy thing is that I’ve been stewing over the headline, “Mill Valley woman launches new educational game company”. Seriously? If a man had started Fingerprint would the headline have read “Man launches new educational game company”? My first gaming job was at Broderbund Software. Started right here in Marin, by Doug and Gary Carlson. Somehow I doubt the “IJ” wrote “Two men launch educational gaming company”. You get my point.
This comes on the heels of last week’s congressional hearing on whether or not religious related employers should be required to cover the birth control pill and other forms of contraception in their health insurance plans. All the people testifying were men. Seriously? It’s probably not surprising since less than 20% of Congress is women and there are very few senior level women on Obama’s team.
Aileen Lee from Kleiner Perkins wrote a post on Tech Crunch this week titled “Why your next board member should be a woman”. She goes on to discuss that while women are 51% of the population, they make up only 15% of Fortune 500 boards of directors and even less of California tech company boards. Over 50 people posted comments to this article, most questioning her point of view. Mostly men commenting.
I love that the “IJ” showcased me and Fingerprint, but let’s re-write the headline … and maybe the future. How about something clever like “Hot Gaming Start-up began in Mill Valley” !