By now, you’ve probably heard that women are the new minority in tech.
While women have traditionally held senior roles in tech and science, they’re making a comeback in some areas of the industry.
One such industry is feminine care.
A recent survey from tech news site The Next Web found that 73% of women working in tech use female pronouns.
The company also found that women use a feminine pronoun for more than a third of their interactions with tech leaders.
But according to research from the University of British Columbia, that doesn’t mean that women aren’t being harassed.
The study found that 40% of tech executives said that they’d been sexually harassed, compared to 20% of men.
Researchers also found a gender bias in the way tech executives are treated when they speak up about harassment.
“Female-friendly tech is often seen as an extension of the male-friendly culture, so women are often asked to provide male-like answers and to demonstrate how they are more experienced,” said Laura Andermann, a postdoctoral researcher in computer science at the University in Ottawa.
“The reality is that women do report that they have been victims of harassment in technology, but it is also not uncommon for the majority of women in tech to be the targets of these types of incidents,” Anderman said.
“When they speak out about these issues, it is often met with silence.”
In one recent study, researchers at the National University of Singapore tracked more than 2,000 women working on the web.
The researchers surveyed more than 6,000 people and found that the average time they spent responding to a tech-related complaint was eight minutes.
Only 17% of the women said they received positive feedback for their work.
Researchers found that when tech executives speak up against harassment, it often doesn’t matter whether they have the power or not.
“We believe that the silence of female-oriented tech leaders is indicative of a deeper and systemic problem in the industry,” Adermann said.
The findings of the study also show that women may not be the only ones feeling unsafe in tech spaces.
Anderfield said that tech’s gender bias is likely more widespread.
“It’s also worth noting that it is a large and growing industry that is dominated by women and minority employees,” she said.
It’s unclear how many women are speaking up in the tech industry, but the numbers of women are increasing.
“Many women who have joined tech and have the experience of being in tech are now starting their careers in the same way,” Avernmann said, “so they are experiencing the same types of discrimination as their male counterparts.”
Anderheim said it’s important to educate women in the field about the issues surrounding harassment.
The Next Tech found that 77% of respondents had experienced a tech harassment in the past year, with an additional 23% reporting harassment in 2018.
The report also found the majority have experienced negative experiences with tech, but also positive ones.
One woman said that she was able to change her behavior after she spoke up about her harassment, and said that her experience helped her to “understand my place in tech.”
“I feel more comfortable and more confident in the company,” she told the researchers.
“I know what I’m comfortable with and that I’m not the only one who is feeling like that.”