Today I declined an invitation to speak at the 2019 San Francisco @lesbiantech Summit because they don't pay their speakers and ask their speakers to buy a ticket in order to speak. https://t.co/wtn8ANekCa
1. Public speaking is work.
2. A for profit org asking people to work for free is bad.
3. That org asking people to pay (buy a ticket) to work for free, is worse.
4. That org asking people whose work is already undervalued to pay to work for free? Just wrong. pic.twitter.com/kEkpxbY3sn
Our society doesn't need help in devaluing the work of Women, NB people, or URMs.
I hope to see @lesbiantech change course and set a good example of valuing work by, at minimum, comping *all* speaker tickets, and/or paying speakers to speak. Even a small honorarium is meaningful.
ffs. leaders who don't know any better are going to parrot this bullshit like it's the gospel truth, when the reality is there are plenty of folks working 70 hrs/wk who aren't changing the world, & many who are changing the world in their free time.
hours worked != impact made. https://t.co/kjR2VQV6oQ
sometimes sprints of lots of work happen and that's ok. but "leaders" who say that you need to consistently work more than 40 hrs/wk to achieve the mission aren't telling you the whole truth. the whole truth is that they don't want to hire more people bc it would be expensive.
to "leaders" like this (and the people they answer to) the worst thing is spending money. burning money is sacrilege but burning out workers is a-ok.
to leaders like this, you are expendable. you are a resource to burn out because they don't have to pay for that burn out later.
So @ancestry DNA got 13,000 more reference samples with which to make estimates about ones ethnicity makeup. My results shifted dramatically, as you can see in the images attached. (Bye Nigeria, hello Cameroon, Congo, and Southern Bantu peoples.) pic.twitter.com/vPOgvtcn4O
Some of y'all may know that I was an advisor on @23andMe's Roots Into the Future project (https://t.co/DlZ638V9O0). The goal of the project was to increase representation of Black people in the 23andMe sample set, bc genetic research was focused on White folks for a LONG time.
There were several negative outcomes of that focus on White folks, one of which (and the least negative) was what you see depicted in my first tweet: terrible ability to calculate where Black people, especially those descended from the Transatlantic slave trade, originated.