Women in STEM Book Club – Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley

The WiSTEM book club aims to bring students and professionals of STEM subjects together, to discuss books related to women in STEM, to share views and experiences, to network and to help each other overcome the barriers in the male-dominated STEM environments. It has been running since 2019 with great success; see here the books we have read and discussed so far.

It is organised and moderated by Dr Athina Frantzana and Spread the Word, and it is open to all genders. Currently our discussions take place online (until further notice).




This time, we will discuss a controversial book on the “hot” topic of women in technology, Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang.

“Drawing on her deep network of Silicon Valley insiders, Chang opens the boardroom doors of male-dominated venture capital firms like Kleiner Perkins, the subject of Ellen Pao’s high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit, and Sequoia, where a partner once famously said they “won’t lower their standards” just to hire women. Interviews with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer–who got their start at Google, where just one in five engineers is a woman–reveal just how hard it is to crack the Silicon Ceiling. And Chang shows how women such as former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, entrepreneur Niniane Wang, and game developer Brianna Wu, have risked their careers and sometimes their lives to pave a way for other women.” – Goodreads review

This event will take place via Zoom. You will receive details for joining the call when you book a spot. Limited spots available for better discussion. Join us NOW!

*Dr Athina Frantzana is an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in STEM specialist-researcher, and founder of Spread the Word. She has been researching women’s representation and experiences in STEM for years. Athina has organised and participated in a number of international and local conferences and events presenting her work. She works tirelessly towards achieving gender equality in STEM by raising awareness and sharing knowledge on women in STEM matters, through mentoring, researching, workshops, various projects and outreach activities.

**Please do NOT buy your books from am*z*on; support your local book stores, or if you cannot afford to buy the book then PLEASE support your local library.

The event is finished.


Oct 04 2021


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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