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Intern Calls Out Sexism in Venture Capital, Finds Out Why Women Rarely Speak Up

Dispatches from business school students about their internships are usually cheerful accounts of new opportunities and expanded horizons. Erica Swallow, an intern at Boston venture capital firm General Catalyst, took a different approach.

In a blog post for students at MIT’s Sloan School of Business, where Swallow is about to start her second year, she called out General Catalyst for making her feel underestimated and excluded as a woman. She says her superiors went on a public relations offensive and had several adversarial meetings with her after they read the blog post.