She may have lost her groundbreaking lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins, but Ellen Pao managed to level the playing field at least a little at social networking site Reddit. Pao’s bold attempts to make tech more inclusive would become the theme of her tenure as interim CEO at Reddit.

In addition to introducing new, stricter moderation standards designed to crack down on racist and sexist content, Pao banned salary negotiations, with the view that the practice undermines gender equality in the workplace. “Men negotiate harder than women do, and sometimes women get penalized when they do negotiate,” she told Mashable.

Pao’s unpopularity with the site’s user base ultimately caused her to resign, but not all of her efforts have been in vain. She helped spark a global discussion about pay equity. And the website’s new CEO said the company will be keeping the revised processes.


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