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14 Jan 2016

Jana Kasperkevic, Guardian (UK)

USA: 60% of women working in Silicon Valley experience harassment, says survey

"Sexism Valley: 60% of women in Silicon Valley experience harassment", 12 Jan 2016

Sixty percent of the women working in Silicon Valley experience unwanted sexual advances, according to a new survey released this week...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...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...While the majority of women Vassallo spoke to had been aware of the way women are treated at work, she said most of the men did not have any idea...More than a third, 39%, of those who said they were harassed in the workplace did not report it because they did not want it to negatively impact their career...Of those who reported it, 60% said they were dissatisfied with the action taken...In addition...women interviewed were often discriminated based on their gender in other ways as well. For example, 75% of them were asked about their family life, marital status and children in interviews...[Refers to Apple, Google, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers]