In today’s modern times, we all have our stories to tell. With these stories, it makes us grow and be a better version of ourselves. One of the most sensitive topics that most women encounter nowadays is the culture of harassment. Sexual harassment has a broad definition, but what does it really mean? Sexual harassment is a violation of women's human rights and a prohibited form of violence against women in many countries. Sexually harassing conduct causes devastating physical and psychological injuries to a large percentage of women in workplaces around the world. Harassment directed against women in the workplace by their supervisors, fellow colleagues, or third parties interferes with the integration of women in the workforce, reinforces the subordination of women to men in society and violates women's dignity.
We have gathered some stories related to harassment that involves women who are in the modern tech industry.
“The tech industry has long suffered a gender imbalance, with companies such as Google and Facebook acknowledging how few women were in their ranks. Some female engineers have started to speak out on the issue, including a former Uber engineer who detailed a pattern of sexual harassment at the company, setting off internal investigations that spurred the resignation in June of Uber’s chief executive, Travis Kalanick.” - Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment
Ellen Pao, Pao took her former employer, the prestigious venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, to trial for allegations of gender discrimination, leveling accusations of professional retaliation after spurned sexual advances. Ms. Pao lost the case, but it sparked a debate about whether women in tech should publicly call out unequal treatment.
“Having had several women come out earlier, including Ellen Pao and me, most likely paved the way and primed the industry that these things indeed happen,” said Gesche Haas, an entrepreneur who said she was propositioned for sex by an investor, Pavel Curda, in 2014. Mr. Curda has since apologized.” - Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment
Another Enterpreneur, Lisa Meyer was able to invest a fitness start-up with Mr. Caldbeck which gave him the opportunity to constantly communicate with her. In the messages that he sent, he asked if she was attracted to him and why she would rather be with her boyfriend. There were also instances that he groped and kissed her.
“I felt like I had to tolerate it because this is the cost of being a nonwhite female founder,” said Ms. Meyer, who is Asian-American.
But even after she reached out to a mentor, who alerted one of Binary’s investors, Legacy Venture, to Mr. Caldbeck’s actions, little changed. Legacy went on to invest in Binary’s new fund. Binary and Mr. Caldbeck declined to comment. .” - Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment