Tech Bros Think Experienced Women Are Too Aggressive

84% of experienced women in tech say they've been called "too aggressive" by their male peers.

By Eric Shorey

At this point, it is almost scientifically provable that women talk less when surrounded by men. It is almost equally as provable that men don't even really hear women when they speak. As Bjork said in her notoriously feminist Pitchfork interview, "Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times."

But hey, here's a new one. Did you know that women who do speak up are often perceived as aggressive? A new study, specifically focusing on the tech industry, has shown just that!

A new survey, titled "The Elephant in the Valley" shows that women in tech face almost perpetual harassment while simultaneously having their opinions dismissed by their male peers. The survey was inspired by conversations held after tech icon Ellen Pao failed to successfully sue her employer for gender discrimination. "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," reads the survey's website. "In an effort to correct the massive information disparity, we decided to get the data and the stories."

The most conclusive piece of evidence shows that of the 200+ women survey, almost all had been labelled as "too aggressive":

"84% have been told that they were too aggressive, with half hearing that on multiple occasions.

It is difficult for women in tech to strike the right balance without being seen as too meek or too harsh:

47% have been asked to do lower-level tasks that male colleagues are not asked to do (e.g., note-taking, ordering food, etc.)."

Perhaps more disturbing though are the statistics on sexual harassment:

"60% of women in Tech reported unwanted sexual advances

65% of women who report unwanted sexual advances had received advances from a superior, with half receiving advances more than once.

1 in 3 have felt afraid of their personal safety because of work related circumstances."

The tech industry's misogynistic habits are well documented (see this Wikipedia page on the subject), but very little statistical research has been shown, at least until now. Following the release of this information, the creators of "The Elephant in the Valley" survey are now soliciting women in tech to (anonymously) tell their stories.

h/t: Jezebel

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