Yet another female executive is departing Reddit

By Shawn Knight
Jul 28, 2015
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  1. Reddit has lost its fourth female executive in less than a month as the company’s head of community, Jessica Moreno, has called it quits.

    Moreno and husband Dan McComas joined Reddit in 2011 when the self-proclaimed front page of the Internet purchased their gift-exchange program, Reddit Gifts.

    Both Moreno and Reddit confirmed the news to Re/code, saying she planned to return to Salt Lake City to spend time with her family. Moreno added that the decision to leave was difficult, especially considering the fact that Reddit is “taking difficult steps in a much needed positive direction.”

    It’s unclear who will fill her shoes although Moreno said she was working with newly reappointed CEO Steve Huffman on a transition plan.

    The departure comes just two weeks after chief engineer Bethanye Blount walked away, saying she had lost confidence in the company’s new direction. Most, however, point to the sudden firing of beloved community manager Victoria Taylor as the starting point for the recent turmoil.

    Things were already on edge over Reddit’s decision to ban five controversial community forums last month but when news got out about Taylor’s dismissal, several of the site’s unpaid (volunteer) moderators set their subreddits to private in protest, effectively locking visitors out.

    That ultimately led to the resignation of embattled CEO Ellen Pao, a controversial figure in her own right following a high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit against former employer Kleiner Perkins. Pao ultimately lost the case.

    Bethanye Blount image courtesy O'Reilly Conferences

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,372   +2,164

    I respect her decision and admire the strength it must take to walk away from a company as prestigious as Reddit. It is sad to see the tech industry lose yet another female executive.
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    Hopefully the industry doesn't lose her... only Reddit. Tech execs seem to have very transferable skills.
    madboyv1 likes this.
  4. ninjagai

    ninjagai TS Rookie Posts: 26   +16

    Why is her gender relevant? Why must you genderbait? Except to get clicks?

    Something important to remember: everyone hates trolls. You know, people who say things specifically to get a reaction. And usually, they do it for free.

    So how should I feel about someone who is getting paid to get reactions and clicks?
    lipe123 and EClyde like this.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,153   +598

    Not necessarily a correct conclusion. Having worked in Tech for > 37 years and for several female execs and with female techies, the industry really does make an attempt to be neutral. Why then is it news at all? IMO, Only in the sense that the ranks grow slowly and 'pruning' does not bode well for 'equality'. Tech equality really is about results.

    I fear this will explode into a diatribe of gender bias, but it really should not. Equal pay for equal work has never / has yet to occur, which is extremely sad. Write the Board of Directors and ask them to justify why?

    Better yet, write the State Board of Labor.

  6. Khoshekh

    Khoshekh TS Rookie

    "I fear this will explode into a diatribe of gender bias, but it really should not. Equal pay for equal work has never / has yet to occur, which is extremely sad."

    You're wrong,
    "The 1980 Act on Equality between Men and Women/Equal Opportunities Act, as amended since. The Equal Pay Act 1970, as amended by Equal Value Regulations of 1983, and the Sex Discrimination Act of 1975 and 1986, superseded by the Equality Act 2010."

    Since 1980, women have always earned the same as men for the same work (in the US, anyways). Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. Otherwise, people would only hire women, because they would save 33% in labor costs.

    Please read up before posting misinformation.
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,372   +2,164

    Given her reason for departure, I'd be willing to wager she'll be out of the game for a while. Family is the biggest reason women drop out of the workforce, and they generally don't come back for some time.

    The gender politics should be fun, though.
    EClyde likes this.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,153   +598

    YEP, that's the law. What occurs in the work place is sadly quite a different thing.
  9. EClyde

    EClyde TS Maniac Posts: 617   +143

    Proof? Real Proof ?
  10. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,153   +598

    I just reported what I have personally seen and experienced over 37years.
    Take it for what it's worth.
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    Well, it certainly got yours, how didn't it.

    And the rest of us come here to listen to some troll whimpering about his moral outrage. Let the good times roll, ey?

    Good point but, who died and left you in charge with a zero post count?

    If something upsets you this much in the future, be the better troll, don't bother to click on it.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    Are you suggesting that women never manipulate to make it appear they're victims of discrimination? Because if you are, it means the entire gender is on higher moral ground than the men in the workplace.........Right...!

    Equal pay for equal work is something that's fairly easy to manipulate outside the tech sector.

    For example, a woman wants to be a worker on a road crew, So, she get's to wave the flag all day because she's a girl, for the same money as the guy who runs the jack hammer all day.

    Then you can cascade minority butt hurt credits in your favor. For example, I was told flat out by a psychiatrist, "you'll never win an argument against person, "xxx". She's a triple minority, a woman, an African American, and a lesbian". Take that for what it's worth.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2015
  13. Constipated

    Constipated TS Rookie

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