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Women in tech warn of more harassment allegations to come

Lazaro Gamio / Axios

"The Tech Industry's Gender-Discrimination Problem: The dramatic imbalance in pay and power has created the conditions for abuse. More and more, women are pushing for change," by The New Yorker's Sheelah Kolhatkar.

What's happening: "[A]fter years of attempting to resolve harassment and discrimination complaints through ineffectual human-resources departments, or through lawsuits kept quiet by powerful attorneys, women have found a path that produces results: gathering an unimpeachable number of witnesses and going public."

  • "According to women I spoke with in Silicon Valley, more allegations have yet to emerge."
  • "Almost half the women who go into technology eventually leave the field, more than double the percentage of men."
  • "This inhospitable climate is partly a result of tech's hugely imbalanced gender ratio. Studies estimate that women make up only a quarter of employees and eleven per cent of executives in the industry."
  • "There have, of course, been other male-dominated fields notorious for similar behavior, including Wall Street and Madison Avenue. But part of what differentiates tech is the industry's self-regard, as a realm of visionary futurists and tireless innovators who are making the world better."