As one of my projects, Vocus asked me to program the Demand Success 2013 conference (6/20-21), their first marketing conference open to the general public. Last week we announced our second major keynote, Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy Olsen on Mad Men. I was tickled that the buzz revolved around Mad Men, and not the presence of two strong ladies Moss and Arianna Huffington as the leading voices of Demand Success 2013. To me, that’s remarkable because for once female speakers at an Internet marketing conference are a non-issue. Our two primary keynotes are women, and no one cares. Why? Because they are qualified, relevant, and obvious.
Last week most prominent media outlets reported on Marissa Mayer’s six month bonus. The Marissa story repels me. The media scrutinizes every management move she makes. It’s because she is a relatively young woman, in my opinion. At this point, I hope she crushes it at Yahoo!, and forever shuts up the media and all the old bastards who think women can’t manage companies. The men versus women debate goes through the eons. Since Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth we have seen over and over again that when given an opportunity to lead women can do so, and do it quite effectively.
Hopefully by now you’ve heard about the plight of Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot. The girl punk band was sentenced to two years of hard labor by Russian officials for staging a protest concert at a Russian Orthodox Church. The performance defended women’s rights and decried Vladimir Putin’s strongman hold on the country. By levying a draconian punishment, the Russian government (and Putin) martyred Pussy Riot.
UPDATE: Robert Scoble believes our comments are taken out of context, and has offered this Cincast on his views about women in tech. We appreciate Mr. Scoble’s participation in this important topic, and wish to encourage all parties to discuss the matter. UPDATE: Robert Scoble has shared his thoughts on Women in Tech. You can view his take here. Image: “Women of WiFi, after Caillebotte” by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com by Danny Brown and Geoff Livingston (Cross posted on Danny’s blog) Contrary to Violet Blue’s disappointing stance about women in tech in 2010, this year saw a terrible new trend, the outright enforcement of the glass ceiling in technology. First there was Michael Arrington’s terribly ignorant rant, followed verbally by the […]