In my own interview, when I mentioned that my colleagues had
talked about a porn star when we were on a plane together, the
investigator asked if it was Sasha Grey. I said no. He pressed the
point, saying that Sasha Grey was crossing over into legitimate
acting. At another point, the investigator asked, in a “gotcha”
tone, “Well, if they look down on women so much, if they block you
from opportunities, they don’t include you at their events, why do
they even keep you around in the first place?”
I hadn’t thought about it before. I replied slowly as the answer
crystallized in my mind: If you had the opportunity to have
workers who were overeducated, underpaid, and highly
experienced, whom you could dump all the menial tasks you didn’t
want to do on, whom you could get to clean up all the problems,
and whom you could create a second class out of, wouldn’t you
want them to stay?
It is remarkable and admirable what Pao chose to go through rather than accept a multi-million-dollar buyout and sign a non-disclosure agreement, simply so she could tell her story.