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When software programming emerged after World War II, many considered the field secretarial and therefore, women’s work. But when the tech industry proved more lucrative than expected, Silicon Valley pushed female workers away and remains hostile to them today. Backed by hard statistics, New America senior fellow Liza Mundy articulates the burdens that women in tech face and provides concrete examples on how companies can become more inclusive. getAbstract recommends this essential piece to all who work in tech and business leaders interested in promoting gender equality in any field.


In this summary, you will learn

  • How rampant sexism in the tech industry is today,
  • What companies are doing to try to improve diversity, and
  • What efforts may help Silicon Valley hire and retain more women.

About the Author

Liza Mundy is a senior fellow at New America. She is author of Code Girls.



When a group of seven senior women in technology interviewed more than 200 senior women working in IT in 2015 for their “Elephant in the Valley” survey, they learned that nearly all the participants have experienced “sexist interactions” at work. Such rampant harassment is one reason why women hold only a quarter of US jobs in computing and math and leave the industry at more than double the rates of men. In 2014, Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, eBay and Apple promised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to improve their low numbers of women and minority employees. But in 2017, despite a host of diversity conferences, companies and consultants offering training and solutions, numbers are the same.

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