Sexism Valley: 60% of women in Silicon Valley experience harassment
Survey co-authored by Trae Vassallo, who testified in the Ellen Pao case, found that for women in tech and venture capital gender discrimination is common
Harassment, gender discrimination, hmm.
Sixty percent of the women working in Silicon Valley experience unwanted sexual advances, according to a new survey released this week. About two-thirds of them say that these advances were from their superior.
The survey called Elephant in the Valley was conducted by seven women, one of whom was a key witness in the Ellen Pao trial last year.
“The inspiration for this survey came out of the incredible conversation from the Ellen Pao and [Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers] trial. 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,” wrote the survey’s authors.
Unwanted sexual advances?
Is this actually the same as either harassment or gender discrimination?
“Hi, fancy a shag?”
“OK, never mind”
That’s an unwanted sexual advance.
“Give me a blow job or I’ll fire you”
That’s harassment, definitely. So which is it that is actually being complained about?
According to the survey, 90% of the 220 women interviewed by Vassallo and her co-authors had witnessed sexist behavior at company off-sites and/or industry conferences. About 87% of them had heard demeaning comments from their colleagues.
I have the terrible feeling that it’s the former. And really, no one’s going to get all that far complaining that the near autists that make up the male tech community can be boors at times.