[TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL HARASSMENT]
File this under "Not Even a Little Surprised But Eager to Shove Into Some Choice Faces."
You Won't Believe How Many Women in Tech Say They've Faced Sexual Harassment
Oh yes I will.
A whopping 60% of the women who participated reported experiencing unwanted sexual advances. Of those, 65% said that at least one advance came from a superior. One woman reported that the first time she traveled with a new CEO, he propositioned her. After she turned him down, she was never asked to travel with him again. “This impacted my ability to do my job,” she writes.
Many women—39%—said they did not report the harassment, fearing that it would hurt their careers. Of those who did report it, 60% were unsatisfied by the result.
That actually does not seem whopping to me. I'm guessing they only included explicit sexual advances, not including the numerous suspect comments, awkward flirting that men pretend is a joke, violating personal space, and general sniffing around us constantly.
Women report being left out of career-advancing opportunities: 66% said they’re excluded from important social and/or networking events. Nine out of 10 respondents said they’ve seen sexist behavior at conferences and company offsites. An example: One women said she was taken to Hooters for lunch. She also reported that a male manager had ordered only beer to drink at an offsite she attended while pregnant.
Nine out of ten experiencing sexism, also not at all surprising.
The numbers around unconscious bias are particularly high: 88% of those responding said they’ve watched a client or co-worker ask a male colleague a question that should have been addressed to them. More than 80% said that they’ve dealt with demeaning comments from male colleagues—or have encountered a client or co-worker who made eye contact with male colleagues but not with them.
I don't think those are as "unconscious" as you think they are, Fortune Magazine.
Oh, and I just loooooove the ending.
So, what can be done?
“We think that just getting the story out there and letting people know how prevalent these behaviors are will spur the conversation,” Madansky told Swisher.
Yeah, women and feminists have been talking about this literally for decades. And not much has changed. Maybe, just maybe, it's time for men to take some actual proactive steps to address this shit?
Keep in mind, this is just from coworkers. If you're visible to the public, for example, if you're a writer, you can pretty much 100% expect harassment from people outside the company.