Silicon Valley harassment statistics are in, and the disturbing stats
revealed some pretty shocking details surrounding the tech industry.
According to a new study, called “Elephant in the Valley,” 60 percent
of women surveyed reported unwanted sexual advances, two-thirds of
which came from a superior. A report from Recode said
that the survey only focused on women with several years of experience
in Silicon Valley.
tech survey was conducted by Trae Vassallo and Michele Madansky. Among
other things, the results of the survey revealed that of 200 women
working at companies such as Google, Apple, and other large tech
companies as well as start-ups, 90 percent recalled experiencing
“sexist behavior at company offsites and/or industry conferences,” 60
percent reported “being the target of unwanted sexual advances from a
superior,” and 60 percent of those who reported sexual harassment were
“dissatisfied with the outcome.”
below list are just a few results of the study. The full survey can be
viewed at ElephantInTheValley.
percent of women had been told that they were too “aggressive.”
percent felt excluded from social and networking opportunities
because of their gender.
percent had clients and colleagues address questions to male peers
that should have been addressed to them.
percent were asked about family life, marital status and children in
percent reported unwanted sexual advances, two-thirds of which came
from a superior.
percent of women who were harassed did nothing for fear of
percent who did report harassment say they were dissatisfied with
said in a report from Tech
Mic, the Silicon Valley harassment statistics highlight
an abundance of discrimination and sexual harassment in the workforce
of the high tech sector firms in California.
harassment knows no borders and all environments, even the most
prestigious, are affected. Discrimination and sexual harassment are
widespread in the tech industry, according to this new survey.
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,” Madansky said.”In an effort to correct the massive
information disparity, we decided to get the data and the stories.”
also weighed in on the matter and she told Recode that
“this isn’t asking your coworker on a date. These are power play
situations, where you’re turning someone down in a sexual way, and
there’s some sort of meaningful impact on your ability to do your
isn’t just colleagues not behaving well,” Vasallo explained. “These
are bosses, people in superior situations, doing this to women they’re
supposed to be helping mentor.”
fight to end sexual harassment against women in Silicon Valley
continues and the story of Ellen Pao, the former interim chief
executive officer of Internet giant Reddit,
was reportedly the inspiration for Vasallo and Madansky to embark on
this revealing study.
interviewing 200 women with at least 10 years of experience in tech
companies located in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay area,
they gathered their evidence and observations in a report titled
“Elephant in the Valley.” As the results show, many women said they
had experienced unwanted sexual advances, and an alarming number say
they have been harassed, but didn’t report it due to fear of
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