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If You Can't Retain Women, Don't Recruit Them


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I am not a whistleblower or a leaker. I did not leave on the fiery coattails of a Twitter rant. Instead, I walked out of the building of a leading tech company on an otherwise unassuming Wednesday afternoon, the agreed-upon last day of my seven-year tenure, and took a deep breath.

I thought I might shed a tear or feel mild panic as I drove away, but instead I felt relieved. I loved that place and my team, but the price I had begun to pay was not worth the perks. And that led me to this next, most ridiculous thought: Silicon Valley should stop recruiting efforts to hire women.

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