A new study is out from researchers at Stanford University in which more than 200 women, primarily in the Bay Area, where questioned about their experience with gender discrimination in tech. The results were alarming, with 60% of women reporting unwanted sexual advances.
More over, women feel they need to “play-down” their familial responsibilities, with 40% of women stating they felt the need to speak less about their family in order to be taken seriously. Also, 87% of women claimed to have received demeaning comments from male co-workers in the past. For example, one participant said, “In one review session, one male partner said of a female employee, ‘We don’t have to worry about her bonus or promotion because she just got married. So, she’ll probably have a baby and quit soon.”
“The inspiration for this survey came out of the incredible conversation from the Ellen Pao & KPCB trial,” writes Elephant in the Valley, the organization behind the survey. “What we realized is that while many women shared similar workplace stories, most men were simply shocked and unaware of the issues facing women in the workplace. In an effort to correct the massive information disparity, we decided to get the data and the stories.”