#1reasonwhy #1reasontobe #1reasonmentors

On November 27, 2012 Luke Crane tweeted, "Why are there so few lady game creators?"

The hashtag #1ReasonWhy was instantly born and received considerable attention.  In response to the overall negative tone of #1ReasonWhy, women in the games industry started the hashtags #1ReasonToBe and #1ReasonMentors as places to list the reasons why women should be and love being in the game industry and to build a network of women for mentorship.

Using Storify we captured many of these tweets in raw form:

'mcdaldno' also created a more thematically arranged account using Storify: 1 Reason Why

The episode was covered widely in the media:

On blog sites:

And prompted many personal stories to be shared outside of Twitter:

One thing to come out of this Twitter storm is the website www.1reasonwhy.net established by Filamena Young (who is attributed as the first person to start using that hashtag on Twitter). There is too much material to manually archive this whole site, but it contains coverage of some major news stories as well as personal essays by people in the industry. Unfortunately, as of December 17th, 2014, the website appears to be defunct; as such, an archived version from the Wayback Machine dated February 9, 2013 has been included in the link above.