[They] asked 200+ women focusing on women with at least 10 years of experience. The survey islargely bay area with 91% in the bay area/silicon valley right now. [Their] respondents hold positionsof power and influence with 25% are a CXOs, 11% are Founders, 11% are in venture. In addition tocapturing start-up data, [they] also have employees from large companies including Apple, Google, and VMWare.
The results suggest that 60% of women in tech reported unwanted sexual advances and 30% felt unsafe in their work environments, an issue fuelled by insufficient recourse for women who reported sexual harassment.
Two-thirds of responders felt that they were excluded from important networking and social events because of their gender and 90% witnessed co-workers exhibit sexist behaviour at conferences or outside of work. 84% had been told they were too aggressive (with half hearing that on multiple occasions) and 88% experienced clients/colleagues address questions to male peers that should be addressed to them (eye contact with male colleagues and not me: 84%).
Further details about the selection criteria for participants, the proportion of responders among the women approached, or the generalisability of the selected sample are not reported on the study’s website. Since we don’t know the survey instrument used or how these women were selected, “Elephant in the Valley” is about as scientific as a survey conducted by Cosmo.
A list of dubious, subjective, unverified accounts of perceptions of sexism make up the entirety of results. The number of women who think someone should be addressing or looking at them when they’re addressing or looking at someone else is evidence more of a wave of adolescent narcissism and entitlement among senior women in tech in a number of large, well-known companies. The survey is sponsored by a collection of the industry’s top women executives, clearly with the intention of pushing a politically-driven, forgone conclusion as a narrative.
This unscientific advocacy ‘study’ has been touted in various media outlets including Bustle, Newsweek and The Guardian. As the tide turns against identity politics, one can hope the majority of readers will appreciate the utter meaninglessness of this survey’s conclusions.
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