On Adria Richards & SendGrid
You don’t have to agree with Adria Richards’ actions at PyCon to be appalled by the sorry mess it’s become.
SendGrid made a massive mistake here - presumably they hired Adria Richards based on her record and experience. Presumably they interviewed her. Presumably they knew she had a blog and that it was called, “But You’re A Girl” - which presumably they understood to mean she’d be writing about her experiences being a woman in technology (presumably with a little edge). And presumably they’d done a little research into her methods. They hired her as a developer evangelist which means that they were presumably on board with the perspective from which she’d evangelize. And up until two days ago, they got a lot of goodwill from it.
So SendGrid - and Franklin - are being seriously intellectually dishonest here. They fired a female employee for speaking up in about feeling uncomfortable within a specific professional environment, in a manner which - like it or not! - was consistent with the rules and regulations of that environment. That’s not ‘supporting the right to report inappropriate behavior, wherever and whenever it occurs.’ That’s a warning shot for women not to speak out, pure and simple.