It’s still a man’s world in tech, and the stats could not be clearer.
Especially in California’s Bay Area — home to the tech industry’s home base, Silicon Valley — women say the discrimination they face has forced them to consider whether they should leave the industry altogether. Rife with sex parties and #MeToo allegations as well as a sizable gender representation gap, it’s not surprising that women feel less than welcome in their chosen field.
A recent survey by Paychex found that 67% of women in tech across the United States report being underestimated by their peers or not taken seriously. That number soars even higher when confined to the Bay Area, where 74% of women expressed similar feelings.
Meanwhile, 57% of women in the Bay Area said they had watched female colleagues get passed over for promotions, and 58% said male coworkers acted uneasy in a woman’s presence.
Those negative interactions with men at work take a toll. One-third of all women surveyed said they’d considered leaving their jobs because of day-to-day interactions with male colleagues; that hikes to 53% among Bay Area techies.
Almost a quarter of all women said they had thought about leaving tech altogether because of the men they have to deal with on a daily basis.
Interestingly, those numbers take a dive when more women are in a department and plummet when there’s female management.
That means that with more representation, women feel less discriminated against and are less inclined to leave the industry.
But that representation just isn’t there yet, especially in Silicon Valley. 83% of managers in the Bay Area are men, according to the survey, and Bay Area women said 44% of job interviews took place with only male interviewers. That’s compared to 1% of interviews with only female interviewers.
So there’s a lot of work to do in tech to have a diverse workforce and representative management.
Until that happens, the results of this survey suggest that women are likely to feel discriminated against or unwanted in the workplace as they navigate a boys’ club that wasn’t made for them.