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The Twitter, Facebook and Instagram logos on an iPhone screen. Photo: Tom Weller/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

"Bro" culture, gender bias and micromanagement were top concerns among women in tech who were dissatisfied with their employers, according to a survey from Elpha, the results of which were shared first with Axios.

Why it matters: Hiring bias is only one cause of tech's gender imbalance. Another problem is that women leave the industry because they find the environment works against their success.

  • A lack of female representation in leadership and an environment with persistent harassment and gender bias were the top two reasons for women who didn't recommend their employer to other women.
  • By contrast, women who were happy at their employer cited as key factors: having a female CEO or founder and having male allies — as well as just feeling respected, valued and listened to.

Between the lines: Women often ranked the largest tech companies lower, citing cultural issues that overshadowed generally better benefits.

The bottom line: The findings may not be surprising, but they serve as a good reminder that culture matters, especially for women and underrepresented groups, when it comes to how they feel at work — and whether they stay and recruit others like themselves.

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Mar 31, 2021 - World

UN agency calls for "urgent funding to save lives" of women in Venezuela

A woman holds a banner indicating the number of femicides in different years during a march for International Women's Day in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: Javier Campos/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The United Nations' sexual and reproductive health agency pushed international allies Wednesday to provide $26.7 million in funding that would go toward "life-saving sexual and reproductive services and a multi-sectoral response to gender-based violence" in Venezuela.

Why it matters: The 2020 Venezuela humanitarian response plan was one of the world’s lowest-funded, UNFPA says. The country's severe political and economic crises have forced millions to flee their homes.

Mar 31, 2021 - Axios Denver

Female business leaders in Denver on the obstacles they've overcome

Jessica Billingsley, image courtesy of Akerna; Kaci Taylor, Image courtesy of Kaci Taylor; Alice Jackson, Image courtesy of Xcel Energy

To mark Women’s History Month, we asked some of the women leading top local companies in male-dominated industries to talk about the obstacles they've overcome and their advice to others.

Here's what they shared:

Jessica Billingsley, CEO of cannabis-focused software company Akerna:

  • Obstacle: securing funding. "I do not have any male peers in the industry who had to wait so long or be profitable before securing equity financing. Since then, I successfully led Akerna to be the first cannabis technology company listed on the NASDAQ — ahead of my male peers."
  • Advice: network, network, network! It’s important to make connections anywhere you can. "We need to work together to keep each other actively engaged in the workforce."

Kaci Taylor, founder of architecture firm THE5WH:

  • Obstacle: being an African American woman. "My intersectional experience causes a constant struggle in proving my education, my experience, and my worth to employers, clients, and even co-workers, all because of my gender and ethnicity."
  • Advice: know your profession inside and out, and never stop learning — "so that when your competency is questioned by others, not only will you have the answers, but more importantly, you know you can tackle any challenge that comes your way."

Alice Jackson, president of Xcel Energy:

  • Obstacle: a combination of being female and young in a highly technical field. "This meant I had to establish my credibility repeatedly versus being given the benefit of the doubt that I knew what I was talking about."
  • Advice: show respect for everyone and practice self-forgiveness. "When you show others respect, you can walk away from any interaction with your head held high."

This story first appeared in the Axios Denver newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

Updated 5 hours ago - Technology

From Malcolm X to "Free Britney," new media shapes the justice system

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

True crime documentaries, podcasts and social media campaigns are bringing new attention to real-world legal proceedings — and are often affecting the outcome.

Why it matters: New media platforms can instantly put a national spotlight on cases that have long been forgotten or buried under red tape.