EA Exec: Sexism Isn’t Keeping Women Out of The Games Industry
EA executive Gabrielle Toledano believes that blaming sexism for the predominance of men in the gaming industry is a “cop out,” and that women need to realize that the industry has a lot to offer them.
Toledano explained her belief that sexism isn’t the problem in a piece on Forbes:
“Many have accepted as an article of faith that sexism keeps women out of game studios. As an insider, I find this argument is misguided. It’s easy to blame men for not creating an attractive work environment – but I think that’s a cop-out.
“If we want more women to work in games, we have to recognize that the problem isn’t sexism.”
While she does not deny the presence of sexism in the industry, Toledano does not believe it is any worse in the gaming industry than in any other industry. She said:
“The issue isn’t just in video games. And it’s not what’s holding us back. Rather than blame the majority just because they are the majority, I believe the solution starts with us – women.”
Toledano explained that there’s no shortage of female gamers, and that the industry wants to hire more women, but there aren’t enough women to hire. She said:
“If women don’t join this industry because they believe sexism will limit them, they’re missing out. The sky is the limit when it comes to career opportunities for women (and men) in games. If we want the tide to turn and the ratio of men to women to really change then we need to start making women realize that fact.
“Sexism is an unfortunate reality of our times, but as women we must seek the power and ability in ourselves to change the dynamic. Cast aside the preconceptions, and look for the opportunities and places to make an impact. And I can tell you firsthand that in the video game industry women are not just welcome, we are necessary and we are equal.”