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“We’ve been saying ‘let them eat cake’”: Kristen Koh Goldstein breaks down how women in red America voted Trump

By Sarah Lacy , written on November 10, 2016

From The Gender Wars Desk

Last night we recorded an emotional episode of our “A Uterus is a feature not a bug” podcast with Kristen Koh Goldstein, the co-founder and CEO of HireAthena.

HireAthena gives jobs to working moms in “red states.”  Many of these women cannot pay their rent otherwise. They don’t have other options. Their husbands haven’t worked. The rules they were raised under, the promises of the degrees they achieved have been obliterated in recent years. At one point, she saw a rise in divorces among women working for her. She wondered why. It turned out it was, because they’d given women the freedom to leave situations dangerous for them and their children. Think of the women who can’t work at HireAthena.

Software ate their hopes. And many in the Valley profited.

Goldstein could have grown faster employing people outside of this country. Her Glassdoor rankings would be fair higher building a different business-- she takes a beating when she has to let a woman go because she’s frequently the last hope they had. She would get more respect in the Valley doing something “disruptive.”

In this must-listen-to episode of our podcast, Goldstein explains the pain she’s witnessed building this company. We discuss what living under a sexist patriarchy actually does to women. And why we in the Valley can’t turn our back on the rest of America.

Most poignant to me: Goldstein never would have started this company if she hadn’t become a mother.

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