Data and analytics reinforce what women, people of color and the LGBTQ community have been saying for years: Tech has a problem with racism, sexism and bullying, and it’s driving people away. Ask anyone in tech — who’s not a cis-gendered, straight, white male — and they’ll tell you this is the case. But because we undervalue the voices of women, POC, LGBTQ and other underrepresented groups, we seem to listen only when their assertions are backed up by hard data. Well, here’s some more.
The Kapor Center for Social Impact and Harris Poll recently conducted a survey, the 2017 Tech Leavers Study, which is the first of its kind to focus specifically on the reasons people leave their tech industry jobs. Its findings weren’t surprising to anyone who’s been paying attention. The Guardian reports:
One in 10 women in tech experience unwanted sexual attention, and nearly one in four people of color face stereotyping, according to the Kapor Center for Social Impact and Harris Poll, which surveyed more than 2,000 people who left tech jobs in the last three years.
The Kapor Center’s chief diversity and inclusion officer is Ellen Pao, who famously took on Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in an historic gender discrimination lawsuit in 2015. She lost, but in doing so brought much-needed attention to a problem that was continually dismissed or minimized or excused away by an industry more concerned with disruption, valuation and IPOs than human beings.
Source : CIO.com