Julie Ann Horvath knows what's coming next whenever the topic of women in tech crops up in the news cycle.
It's almost like she's on a list somewhere. The online harassment resurfaces and she receives more violent, targeted threats—even if the day's news or discussions have nothing to do with her in particular.
"It's just like a constant thing for you," she said. "I don't have a normal day anymore. I don't know what a normal day is anymore."
In March 2014, Horvath left her job at GitHub. In her two years at the company, Horvath said she faced discrimination and harassment from colleagues and from co-founder Tom Preston-Werner's wife, who was not employed by the company.
After failed attempts to resolve the problem, Horvath left GitHub and announced her decision on Twitter. That's when the online attacks started.
Her allegations led to an internal investigation of Werner and GitHub's company culture in April 2014, and a third-party investigator found Werner had "acted inappropriately" in some respects, though he and his wife were cleared of any claims of harassment or discrimination. He resigned in April of 2014. (Preston-Werner, when reached by CNBC, declined to comment on the record.)