From Silicon Valley’s stubborn diversity problem to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s call to “lean in” to the digitally enabled nationwide rise of Black Lives Matter, the WIRED world is squarely at the heart of today’s conversation about race and gender.
So earlier this year, we decided to devote all of our attention to these important matters and dedicate an issue of WIRED to equality and the future–and we had the great good luck to have Serena Williams join us as guest editor. Because Williams isn’t just a tennis champion and singularly great athlete; she’s been a leader in the fight for equal representation and pay in her sport as well as being a passionate advocate for giving girls in Africa the same access to education as boys.
With her help and guidance, we assembled a wide-ranging collection of stories–which we will be posting throughout the next few weeks–from a piece about the science fiction community to an exploration of how technology platforms shape today’s social justice movements to a roundtable on online harassment.
Williams opened the door to an incredible range of contributors. Their perspectives make this magazine more than just a rehashing of what we already know. We cover a changing world, after all, and nowhere are these changes more apparent than in their stories and ideas.
As you may have noticed, WIRED has been ramping up its coverage of these issues for a while. (And we walk the walk: Year to date, seven of our 11 covers have featured women or people of color, for example.) But the change we all hope to see in the world–toward justice, toward inclusion–isn’t an easy one. Which, if you’ll allow me a moment of journalistic avidity, is what makes it a great story. That’s why this issue isn’t the end of our efforts to understand and embody inclusiveness and equity. We’ve only just begun.