How Ellen Pao Survived Reddit's Swamp of Trolls and Emerged a Feminist Icon

When Ellen Pao took the witness stand four months ago, accusing the most powerful venture-capital firm in the most powerful new industry in modern business history of pervasive sexism against her and powerful women like her, she talked about the “right path”.
Pao’s own attorney asked the 46-year-old executive why she continued to fight Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the firm that accused her of being a bad employee, even as she had become the top executive at Reddit, the influential social-media website that is infamous for nothing if not its trolls. The site’s former contributors – Pao now among them – describe it as a kind of misogynist fire swamp where “harassment swarms”, even and especially for an accidental feminist icon like its suddenly former CEO.



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