Most technical industries, such as streaming video, have long been dominated by white men. Women and other under-represented groups have historically had to fight for the right to just participate, to get engineering degrees, and to prove they are just as capable as anyone else. And although it has improved marginally over the last decade, there is still a tremendous amount of work to do for the streaming video industry, and other technology sectors, to embrace diversity, support inclusion, and emphasize equality.
From Black Lives Matter to #MeToo, movements to bring awareness to systemic racism and discrimination have continued to grow. And although the point of those movements may not have been to develop equality in technical fields and industries, they are very applicable to doing just that.
Many of our member companies have established diversity and inclusion programs or initiatives. But the Streaming Video Alliance and other organizations are in a unique position because we represent a cross-section of the industry: many companies and many voices working collaboratively and collectively to drive technical change.
We believe it is our duty to leverage that platform to bridge the gap between social movements and industry equality. We hop you will join us, as we connect organizations and elevate marginalized voices within the streaming video industry.
Because, only together can we create lasting change.