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Women in Silicon Valley Tech Industry

Are You a Female in the Tech Industry?

I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by powerful, smart, and engaging women at my office. Considering that the Sugar Network is focused on females, it's pretty much a given. But a recent article in the NYT tells a tale of women in Silicon Valley being discriminated against and objectified, even in 2010. A lot of numbers were thrown around in the article, like only eight percent of tech start-ups are backed by women, and an even smaller fraction of chief executive positions at top Fortune 500 companies are held by females. And while 22 percent of the software engineers at tech companies are women, all of these numbers decline when race is factored into the equation.

I know most, if not all of you that come to GeekSugar are at least interested in technology, sci-fi, and geekery, but tell me — are you also a proud female working in the tech industry?

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shannonkay shannonkay 7 years
I'm an iPhone developer, and I've done a variety of tech related jobs before that.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
yeap - I am an ASIC engineer. Most of the people in my field have a BSEE or MSEE degree. I think female engineer is a lot more common now. Back when I first graduate, there's hardly any female engineer. I still remembered that we are required to take a class "Thermal Dynamics" to graduate, I am the only girl among 70+ students. Also, I did not feel discriminate in my company - my Sr. VP is a female, and she is the very first Application Engineer when my company first started.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I'm not working in the tech industry at the moment but I have in the past and most (if not all) of the executives were men and made comments that "women don't belong in tech; they should be in HR where their nurturing side can come out"!! What a load.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
When I was looking for jobs I went on, it must have been like 30 interviews. I wasn't a very good at it, lol. I got two offers, this job and another one close to where my parents live. It was for more money but I turned it down for a variety of reasons. One was the CIO told me that it's good my parents were close by because "it's good for young females to live with their parents after college."
falnfenix falnfenix 7 years
I've been working in IT for about 7 years, and in most workplaces I've felt at least some discrimination...either from customers (at Apple) or from coworkers (most other places). The job I held before my current one was the worst, though. My boss was already known for being a misogynistic pig, and finally got his posterior handed to him days before I put in my two weeks. My current job is a dream job, though. We're a very small group (50 people, including the IT folks), and at least half of us are women. My boss and coworkers are awesome guys, and we help each other out with issues. It's nice to finally find a workplace worth going to every day.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I'm a software engineer :) There are a lot of women here, but most of them are requirements engineers or project managers. I've actually been referred to as "the white girl." My family thinks that's hilarious.
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 7 years
yes i'm a woman and i work in VoIP .... i'm definitely in the minority but i don't feel discriminated against....
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