An email I wrote to HBO after I started watching "Silicon Valley". In retrospect, it's probable that they chose to just be representative of the actual gender ratios in these communities, which they got spot on.read more
To Whom It May Concern:
I've been watching "Silicon Valley" since the pilot and have for the most part enjoyed it as, having founded a technology startup myself, I can relate to many of the roadblocks that the characters have faced. However, I find myself distracted by the show's absence of main female characters. As a male computer programmer, I find the gender ratio in my field disgraceful and I want nothing more but to encourage more women to pursue computer programming. I and those who share my mission will not succeed if popular media, such as HBO, continues to propagate the stereotype that the tech community consists almost exclusively of men. I implore you, for my enjoyment of this series as well as for the inclusion of half the world's population into a beautiful and exciting profession, to do your part and increase the number of female hackers on this show.
Thank you so much for reading this,