June 24 Khadija Robinson planned to offer the woman a job.
As the founder of a tech startup in Atlanta Nile, she spent three years scaling up a platform that connects consumers with black online businesses. That Friday, she was thrilled that she had finally found someone willing to move from California to Georgia to help grow the company.
By noon, the offer was suspended. Just hours earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court had overturned Roe v. Wade, which worried Robinson. Although Atlanta is a blue tech city – that means its political bias is liberal – it’s in the more conservative red state of Georgia, whose governor is already making plans realize restrictions on abortion in the state. Robinson spent the rest of the day assessing her new reality.
“As a founder and CEO, I now have to think long and hard about asking women to move to a state that is likely to pass laws against them very soon,” she said. tweeted. “I’m terribly tired.”
“It will be difficult to ask women to come where they may well risk their lives.” Neil founder Khadijah Robinson
TechCrunch has done a vibe check with founders like Robinson, who are based in blue emerging tech cities located in red states. Historically, tech hubs have been liberal and located in securely blue states like California or New York. This has begun to change over the past five years, with places like Austin, Miami, and Atlanta becoming hotspots for tech talent — a trend that has only accelerated as remote work has taken over the country.
The recent increase in conservative legislation and political divisions may once again affect the landscape, keeping skilled workers from migrating to these centers and causing an exodus of talent from the red states. In particular, women’s reluctance to move to blue cities in red states may be contributing to a reversal of overall diversity in certain sectors.
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