Piece by @DianaTourjee on @broadly (emphasis added):

A recent report finds that 60 percent of women working in the tech industry in Silicon Valley have experienced sexual harassment. A staggering 90 percent of the women interviewed in the study, which was titled Elephant in the Valley, reportedly “witnessed sexist behavior at company offsites and/or industry conferences.” In other cases, the sexism women face was less direct: For instance, 88 percent of respondents said they’d had clients or colleagues direct a question to a male peer when the question should have been directed to them.

Women comprise a disproportionately small number of tech jobs, and that number is shrinking. In early 2015, The Huffington Post reported on a study by the American Association of University Women, which shows that the “percentage of computing jobs held by women has actually fallen over the past 23 years.” When we compare this with the continued reports of inequity and harassment in the tech industry, it seems clear that the tech world—like many male-dominated industries—is rife with sexism.

“As female, yes, my voice is often spoken over,” she says, explaining that men will purposefully ignore her. She’s also experienced male coworkers who “mansplained a topic [that] I’m actually an expert in.” That occured in a meeting just last week, she says.


Lack of role models/ fostering

Despite there being just a handful of women leaders in the tech industry, “little is done to foster and develop females, namely because there’s little to no role models or mentoring,” Amelie explains. “When you go to panels on gender diversity in federal leadership, it’s always the same four or five folks, as if there aren’t any others.” At two hacker conventions this year, Blackhat and DefCon, she says, special requests were made for diverse speakers and papers, but the selection panels oddly rejected the majority of proposals by women and LGBT people. “A number of us flooded [them] with ideas, [but] all of them were struck down.”

“There were heavily allegations of sexism on the selection panel,” Amelie says. “Once speakers were announced I did a ‘back of napkin’ analysis of how many women were on or led talks, and it was, like, 10 percent.”

Sexism rife

Sexist jokes and attitudes in the workplace get a pass because there’s no critical mass in the other direction trying to correct it.

To explain how the tech industry has become inundated with men, Amelie draws a line back in time and into academia. She attended one of the top tech and Computer Engineering (CE) universities in the United States. “There were less than 6 women in the freshman class for CE,” Amelie says. This, she explains, is an aspect of systemic sexism, which ultimately discourages and prevents women from mastering technology fields en masse. “In a formal education sense, women are not exactly welcome, or made to feel welcome, in those degrees.” Most of the professors, of course, are all men, Amelie explains. “In fact, none of my CS or CE professors were women.” This directly translates to the workforce, where men dominate the jobs.

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