Women Who Tech retained polling firm Lincoln Park Strategies to anonymously survey 1,003 tech employees, founders, and investors globally on their experiences in the tech sector.
Their goal with the 2020 survey was to identify what barriers and challenges people face in the tech sector, and track whether the systemic sexism and racism that respondents’ experiences have shifted since our 2017 survey.
Some highlights (downlights?) from it:
When asked what kind of sexual harassment, 65%of women founders said they were propositioned for sex. This was up 9%from 2017. In addition:
- 59%of women experienced unwanted physical contact (-3%).
- 56%of women had sexual slurs directed at them (+17%).
- 32% of women were groped (+7%).
- 24%of women were sent graphic photos (+14%).
It really is like some retro 70’s sitcom – think Benny Hill and on the buses and it would fit perfectly – take this one as an example:
Of the women founders who experienced harassment by an investor, 59% were explicitly propositioned for sex in exchange for investment funding and introductions.
You really couldn’t make it up could you? It is an american publication so hears hoping that the UK industry is a bit more 21st century.
On a more positive note, we took a look at a free boot camp this week (the link is now on our training page). We had a look through the reviews and they are pretty positive and while they don’t claim to be a one-stop-shop, it is definitively a good place to go get started without any expensive outlay. If you are interested in coding but don’t know what to do then we are always here to make a suggestion on where to start, simply mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. If you about to go back into furlough but without the kids this time then its a pretty timely start for you.
It’s called the freecodecamp and covers:
- Responsive Web Design
- Front End Libraries
- Data Visualization
- APIs and microservices
- Quality Assurance
- Scientific computing with Python
- Data Analysis with Python
- Information Security and
- Machine Learning with Python