Yesterday Motherboard editor Sarah Jeong pointed out the painfully obvious: Despite being notoriously active on the site, Elon Musk doesn’t follow any women on Twitter. At press time, he follows 55 people, brands and news outlets total, 21 of which are men. One of which is Ryan Reynolds. Can’t fault him on that.
In true Elon style, he wasted no time firing back on Twitter:
I use twitter for news orgs. My Insta has same women as men. What's up with the phoney PC police axe-grinding?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 4, 2016
Shortly after, he followed his first-ever Twitter Woman: GQ Magazine’s Caity Weaver. “I’ve always considered myself one of the top women in the world, so I would say this shows excellent judgement on his part,” she said in a very important and revealing interview with the magazine.
Of course, it’s not a requirement to follow any particular demographic on social media, but being exposed to a wide variety of voices from all backgrounds and experiences benefits everyone. Especially when you’re running three companies shaping how our future will look: SpaceX, Solar City and Tesla. And especially when your industry has such a diversity problem.
As a friendly reminder to diversify your feeds — for Elon and all of us — here are a few suggestions for people to follow on Twitter:
“Senior Editor & Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society. Planetary scientist, writer, public speaker. Writing a book on Curiosity mission. Asteroid 274860.”
— Emily Lakdawalla (@elakdawalla) September 30, 2016
“Planetary geologist, STEM advocate, Chief Scientist of NASA”
— Right To Play UK (@RightToPlay_UK) September 29, 2016
“First woman of color in space, Physician, Scientist, Engineer, Explorer & Futurist. Leader 100 Year Starship. Someone who proves that daring makes a difference!”
— Dr. Mae Jemison (@maejemison) August 1, 2016
— Dava Newman (@DavaExplorer) September 13, 2016
“Rocket Scientist | Speaker | Humanitarian |S.T.E.M. Ambassador”
— Dr. Camille W Alleyne (@camillelisa) August 19, 2016
“Samantha Cristoforetti. European of Italian nationality. Lived on ISS Nov’14-Jun’15. Now adjusting back to being an Earthling on our beautiful spaceship Earth.”
— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) September 7, 2016
Interesting perspective on the difference: "Scientists study the world as it is, engineers create the world that never has been." https://t.co/b1TClMsUrn
— Jenn Gustetic 🚀💪🏻 (@jenngustetic) September 28, 2016
“(a.k.a. Dr Katherine J Mack) astrophysicist, occasional freelance science writer, connoisseur of airplane food”
[50 years with no Nobel Prizes for women in physics]
"Hey here are some women who should get the prize"
"OMG GENDER SHOULDN'T BE A FACTOR"
— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) October 3, 2016
When your company's diversity doesn't even reflect the diversity of tech (ex.: demographics of CS graduating classes), you're bad at hiring
— sarah jeong (@sarahjeong) September 29, 2016
Type-cast, clearly 😉 https://t.co/jgfFG581Au
— Talulah Riley (@TalulahRiley) October 2, 2016