“When you’re at the checkout and something doesn’t scan properly, it’s tempting to say “It must be free!” and have a good old chuckle, right? Well, if you’ve ever worked in a shop yourself, you’ll know exactly how many times a sales assistant hears that joke: it’s roughly equivalent to the number of times she’s envisioned throwing a tomato at the customer’s face.

For women in tech, there’s a similar phenomenon, only less harmless and more insidious. In our case, we get the same damn pointed comments again and again: ones that undermine our expertise, suggest we don’t deserve our jobs, and generally drive us up the wall.

We asked the women in tech of Twitter to tell us the phrases they’d gladly never hear again, and it was like a group therapy session of eye-rolls and solidarity. Here are some of the top contenders.” Read More

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