Inside the GitHub scandal: is sexism part of the Valley’s DNA?

GitHub is in crisis mode.

It’s been four days since developer and designer Julie Ann Horvath publicly accused the company of permitting an “aggressive” culture where men flaunt their disrespect for women, and alleged that one of the founders and his wife personally tormented her for two years.

While Horvath says management was aware of the alleged issues, many of her colleagues were shocked. Horvath had tried to keep things discreet; she lined up a new job and planned to quit quietly. That is, until the news leaked on the anonymous social network Secret:

“There were things we could have done differently.”

“Self proclaimed queen of GitHub is leaving her throne. The masses cheer.” A string of comments followed, some seemingly from…

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