I first noticed the uproar over #1reasonwhy in this post: As Of Right Now, Women in Games and Tech Are Tweeting About Industry Sexism, Offering Mentoring To Others at The Mary Sue. I went to Twitter and searched on the hash tag and the number of posts coming in were so rapid I couldn’t even read them before they were gone. Since then, The Guardian has published a more comprehensive post on the topic, #1reasonwhy: the hashtag that exposed games industry sexism.
Here are just a couple of the more hopeful posts out of a sad Twitter stream on #1reasonwhy.
In 31 years, I have never seen this level of support for women in the industry. THANK YOU, EVERYONE. Your voice matters. #1reasonwhy
— Brenda Romero (@br) November 28, 2012
— Morna Simpson (@girlgeeks) November 28, 2012
Will the worst offenders in the gaming industry be changed by the conversation? I hope so. Congratulations to those who spoke out about their treatment, and to those who offered mentoring and help to others.