“Stories and even court cases about the uphill battles women working technology face are nothing new,” Abigail Tracy reports for Forbes. “Now, a new survey puts data behind the challenges women in Silicon Valley face.”
“There are several disheartening results in the survey titled The Elephant In The Valley, which focuses on the experiences of female executives in Silicon Valley. A total of 222 women responded to the survey, all of whom had worked for at least 10 years in the tech mecca,” Tracy reports. “Of the women who participated, three-quarters held titles of vice president or above, three-quarters had children and three-quarters are 40 years of age or older.”
“According to the survey, 60% of women who work in technology have been on the receiving end of unwanted sexual advances in the workplace. Of these women, 65% reported having received such advances from a superior,” Tracy reports. “Additionally, 66% of women surveyed said that they have felt excluded from key networking opportunities or social events, with 90% saying that they have witnessed sexist behavior at company offsites or industry conferences.”
“Of the women survey, 88% said that they have had clients or colleagues address questions to male peers that should have instead been addressed to them,” Tracy reports. “Another 84% experienced people not making eye contact with them but making eye contact with their male colleagues… Of those harrassed, 39% did nothing because they thought it would negatively impact their career and 30% did not report these occurrences because they wanted to forget about them. Of those who did report, 60% were dissatisfied with the course of action.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Would that we were more evolved by now. Alack and alas.