Despite the evolving landscape of technology, many women in the STEM field have experienced gender bias. Gender bias is defined as favoritism toward or prejudice against a particular gender. Of the women in tech who have experienced gender bias, nearly 3 in 4 (73%) have experienced gender bias in the last year.
“It happens every day,” said a 46-year-old woman who works in STEM. “Everything from men taking over my role in meetings to unequal opportunities.”
More than half of women in tech (57%) say they’ve experienced gender bias in the workplace at some point and 48% have heard of other women in their organization experiencing it as well. The most common experiences of gender bias include interactions with coworkers, promotion or professional advancement, and salary.
“Male coworkers comment about the fact they’re surprised a woman can be so successful as a software engineer,” said a 32-year-old survey respondent. “I’ve had male coworkers who have doubted my abilities and then been surprised to see the efforts and quality of my work.”
When it comes to reporting the situation, 14% told human resources about the experience. Among those who did, more than half feel the issue wasn’t adequately addressed by human resources or management.
Those who chose not to report instances of gender bias to human resources cited various reasons including thinking it wouldn’t make a difference, not knowing if it was a valid complaint, and that they didn’t feel comfortable reporting it.