Zoe Quinn has a message for all women in tech: If you’re not going to take action to make our world better, then we’re not interested in working with you.
In a blog post today, Quinn called for the tech industry to “give back to the world” in the spirit of the Occupy movement and said that she would like to see more women in leadership positions, saying that she believes there are “strong women in the tech world that are pushing back.”
“As long as women are not doing the heavy lifting of this world, I don’t know what will happen,” she wrote.
“I don’t think the tech companies will ever change, and I don, either.
But as women, we can help shape the tech economy, and that is what we should be doing.”
Zoe Quinn’s post, published in the Wall Street, was followed by an op-ed by the hashtag #GamerGate.
It read, “It is time for the gaming industry to put women in positions of leadership.”
“For the first time, a prominent, outspoken woman in the gaming world is publicly advocating for women in technology,” Quinn said.
“We are not afraid to be women in a world that still values male privilege.
But we have a long way to go, and this movement needs to start right now.”
Quinn, who is also the co-founder of developer Zoe Quinn Productions, told Ars Technica that she thinks the tech industries need to start “taking action to do something positive for women and to give back to our communities in a different way.”
“I’m not going there,” she said.
It’s important for women to “be seen, be heard, and have the same voice as men,” she added.
Quinn also told the publication that she had been harassed on Twitter for her support of the movement.
“A lot of people are saying that they have never heard of it, and they’re like, ‘No, I’ve never heard about that,'” she said, referring to the recent hashtag #NotYourShield.
“There are women who’ve been harassed for their support of #Gamergate.”
Quinn is one of many women in Silicon Valley who have been vocal in supporting the #GamerGaters, who have criticized critics of their portrayal of women in video games.
The movement has been criticized by a number of people who say it’s misogynistic and discriminatory.
In January, a former gaming studio executive, Brianna Wu, was fired after her former employer, EA, issued a public apology for its decision to remove the game Crash Override from Steam and other online gaming services.
The former employee also filed a gender-based discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which found that her experience had been “comparatively low.”