WHISTLEBLOWER: MY JOURNEY TO SILICON VALLEY AND FIGHT FOR JUSTICE AT UBER
by Susan Fowler
Published: February 2020
Susan Fowler was twenty-five years old when she took to her blog platform to share her truth. Her blog post describing the sexual harassment and retaliation she’d experienced at Uber riveted the nation. Her post would eventually lead to the ousting of Uber’s powerful CEO, but its ripples extended far beyond that, as her courageous choice to attach her name to the post inspired other women to speak publicly about their experiences. In the year that followed, an unprecedented number of women came forward, and Fowler was recognized by Time as one of the “Silence Breakers” who ignited the #MeToo movement.
Now, she tells her full story for the first time: a story of extraordinary determination and resilience that reveals what it takes–and what it means–to be a whistleblower. Long before she arrived at Uber, Fowler’s life had been defined by her refusal to accept her circumstances. She propelled herself from an impoverished childhood with little formal education to the Ivy League, and then to a coveted position at one of the most valuable companies in the history of Silicon Valley. Each time she was mistreated, she fought back or found a way to reinvent herself; all she wanted was the opportunity to define her own dreams and work to achieve them. But when she discovered Uber’s pervasive culture of sexism, racism, harassment, and abuse, and that the company would do nothing about it, she knew she had to speak out–no matter what it cost her.
Whistleblower takes us deep inside this shockingly toxic workplace and reveals new details about the aftermath of the blog post, in which Fowler was investigated and followed, hacked and threatened, to the point that she feared for her life. But even as it illuminates how the deck is stacked in favor of the status quo, Fowler’s story serves as a crucial reminder that we can take our power back. Both moving personal narrative and rallying cry, Whistleblower urges us to be the heroes of our own stories, and to keep fighting for a more just and equitable world.
This is one crazy, crazy read. It’s unbelievable, shocking and at its very core: so important to the current state of the world we are living in.
Fowler’s courage is commendable. Her strength and passion for change will make the new generation one of more acceptance and kindness.
This is such an important read for all females. Whether you attach yourself with the title of feminist or not, it’s of no importance. Woman up, and protect/listen/believe in those that come forward. The comments and how men have received this book thus far are simply disgusting.
An open letter to the world, reminding all of us to be better and do better for the women in our lives.