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More Than Just a Social Butterfly

Douglas Quenqua, The New York Times

In the world of Ms. Sklar, all women working in tech (or media, or politics) are winners, even if they have a problem with her. As long as they are succeeding, she can use them as evidence — data points, she might say — that women deserve to be more frequently hired, funded and featured on the supposedly meritocratic tech scene.

“All I need is for you to be awesome,” she said in a telephone interview. “Then I can wave you around as an example of women who are amazing, who get stuff done when I come up against the people who say, ‘Oh, we tried really hard but we couldn’t find any qualified women.’ ”

Rachel Sklar is an exceptional advocate of women in technology, helping women connect and help one another through her startup, TheLi.st and receive the recognition they deserve for their successes.

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