The problem of sexism is front and center in the technology industry right now, but for those not directly affected (which is pretty much to say: men like me) the problem can languish in the middle distance: too close to see the scale of it, but not close enough to see the details. A new survey of tech workers fills out this picture nicely, and identifies interesting — and depressing — contrasts in people’s experiences.
The online survey, commissioned by Women Who Tech, comprises responses from 950 individuals, 84 percent of whom currently work in tech (the remaining 16 percent used to, presumably), but otherwise have varying demographics — though it should be noted that white women are the largest represented group.
Their responses illustrate a profound imbalance in the incidence of harassment: right off the bat, 53 percent of women say they have experienced it, versus 16 percent of men. What’s more, 53 percent of men say they have positively never experienced or witnessed harassment. There’s also a huge age bias in that women under 25 are disproportionately targeted.
The type of harassment varies as well, and not in a small way. Among women who reported being harassed, 72 percent said it was sexist in nature, and 45 percent said it was sexual. Among men who reported harassment, sexist and sexual harassment aren’t even in the top 10 categories; offensive jokes, ageism, and insults to their professional character take top billing.
One would think that founders would be operating at a level where the people they interact with are better behaved. Unfortunately, as stories many of us have read have revealed, that’s not the case at all. Here’s a chart that’s so interesting I screenshotted it twice (accidentally, but still).
Another major incidence bias stems from who feels they can get away with this behavior.
There’s lots more data in the rest of the survey; take a look and see if your experience tallies with those of the respondents.
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