A question on Twitter helped spark two hashtags about women in the gaming industry
One focuses on social issues, the other aims to connect like-minded women
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One simple tweet can help push the start button for action, thanks in part to the viral nature of social media.
His inquiry touched on a controversy that’s been brewing for a long time. Women’s role in the gaming industry is part of a greater conversation about gender roles and stereotypes in the scientific, techie and geek spheres. These fields are often said to be dominated by men. But are they really?
As the discussion continued, Twitter user Filamena Young apparently was the first person to start using the #1ReasonWhy hashtag. Others adopted it as well. Grievances were aired, issues were discussed, and the tag started getting more and more attention.
Then, talk started turning into something more. The #1ReasonMentor hashtag popped up to help women interested in the video gaming industry to meet others who are working in the field, and vice versa. Here’s a very abbreviated snapshot of the discussion:
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After we at CNN saw this exchange taking place, we were inspired to share it with our reader community and keep the mentoring and leadership conversation going.
Are you a female interested in the video game industry, or do you know someone who is? What female techies and geeks do you admire, and what qualities can best help a woman, or anyone, succeed?
Do you have a mentor, or can you think of a good mentor for women interested in the video gaming world, or science and technology? And what suggestions do you have for those seeking a mentor, or for those who want to become mentors?