I had a problem with this book because the first author listed on the cover was a dude. A guy that has been known to talk about minorities, not because he actually wants to help them, but for his own personal benefit, both financial and with cred.
According to the book's website, the proceeds from this book go to "Singularity University", a for-profit non-accredited university with a board upon which the author resides.
It's great when guys want to support feminism. Really. It makes me so happy when men are genuine allies and supporters of women in tech. But when then do it for personal gain, all goodwill is lost.
I directed some criticism at this author on twitter. His response was to RT my tweets, not from his personal account (the target of my tweets), but the book's twitter account. This was an attempt to intimidate and silence me. When I told him that this intimidation attempt was nothing compared to the death/rape threats I usually got, he RT'ed that from his book's twitter account as well.
That's right. A twitter account for a book titled "Innovating Women" was publicly harassing a woman that dared criticize one of the authors in an attempt to silence her.
After some research, I discovered this is a repeated tactic that he uses. Intimidation by public shaming and exposing to a wide audience is par for the course with him.
Finally, much later, the author responded to my tweets. He refused to hear any criticism, and instead attempted to guide the conversation, repeatedly asking me to review his book.
So I reviewed his book.
I'm asking you all to please upvote my review and share this status. People need to know what they are supporting. He's kind of a big deal (one of Time's Most Influential Minds in Tech in 2013), and I'm just one person. I need your help. Amplify this story, and let the world know.