Survey: Half Of Women In STEM Jobs Say They’ve Felt Discrimination

By Levi Sumagaysay
The Mercury News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Women in the study reported several specific types of discrimination including earning less than men, being treated as if they were not competent and experiencing repeated, small slights at work.

The Mercury News

A new survey from Pew has this headline: “Women and Men in STEM Often at Odds Over Workplace Equity.”
No kidding.

As Silicon Valley’s workplace diversity wars play out, and amid the spotlight on sexual harassment and abuse in the tech industry and beyond, Pew Research’s survey finds that half of women who work in science, technology, engineering and math say they have experienced some sort of discrimination on the job. That compares to 41 percent of women in non-STEM jobs who say they have experienced discrimination at work.

Some specific types of discrimination women reported experiencing include earning less than a man doing the same job (29 percent); were treated as if they were not competent (29 percent); and experienced repeated, small slights at work (21 percent).

Six percent of women surveyed said they were denied a promotion because of discrimination.
When broken down further, the numbers are even more stark.

Of the women in STEM who work in workplaces that are majority male, 78 percent report feeling discrimination at work, and 27 percent said they had been sexually harassed.

Among women who are in computer jobs, 74 percent say they felt discriminated against at work, and 30 percent reported being sexually harassed.

Pew’s findings, published this week, are based on a survey conducted from July 11 to Aug. 10, 2017, among a sample of 4,914 adults 18 years of age or older, plus the research center’s analysis of Census Bureau data and surveys.

The findings come on the heels of a couple of high-profile lawsuits filed against tech giant Google.

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