In an opinion piece published on Forbes, EA executive Gabrielle Toledano claims that “If we want more women to work in games, we have to recognize that the problem isn’t sexism.”
While Toledano doesn’t deny that sexism exists, she claims that it’s no worse than any other industry and that blaming men for it doesn’t help to fix the problem. “If women don’t join this industry because they believe sexism will limit them, they’re missing out. The sky is the limit when it comes to career opportunities for women (and men) in games. If we want the tide to turn and the ratio of men to women to really change then we need to start making women realize that fact,” claimed Toledano.
“Sexism is an unfortunate reality of our times, but as women we must seek the power and ability in ourselves to change the dynamic. Cast aside the preconceptions, and look for the opportunities and places to make an impact. And I can tell you firsthand that in the video game industry women are not just welcome, we are necessary and we are equal.”