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The tech industry is a brutal place for women in business, and not simply because of the inescapable pay gap. And no, it's not merely a "pipeline issue," gentlemen of TechStars and CNN: Women are leaving the tech world because of blatant discrimination.
The statistics are overwhelming: According to a 2008 Harvard Business Review research report, 41 percent of the young people in science, engineering and technology are women, but 52 percent of them leave the field due to its "machismo" nature. The report also finds that 63 percent of women in these industries have experienced some degree of sexual harassment.
But in case you doubt the numbers, let's review some of the incredibly, utterly dumb things male CEOs and public figures have said about women in business. Start us off, Satya Nadella:
1. This week, Microsoft CEO Nadella said that it's "good karma" for women to refrain from asking for a raise: "It's not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise," Nadella said in an interview with Maria Klawe, at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing on Thursday. "That might be one of the initial 'super powers,' that quite frankly, women who don't ask for a raise have…It's good karma. It will come back." He later apologized for these comments in a memo to Microsoft employees.
2. "Women: Like Men, Only Cheaper," read a slide in entrepreneur Evan Thornley's presentation at a Sydney startup conference in September. Here's what he thinks, more specifically, about hiring and that persistent pay gap: Women are "still often relatively cheap compared to what we would've had to pay someone less good of a different gender." (Read: Men.) Thornley backpedalled, of course, but his sentiment remains clear, reflecting broader biases about women in the workforce.
3. Today Show host Matt Lauer asked this of General Motors CEO Mary Barra in a June 2014 interview: "You're a mom, I mentioned, two kids. You said in an interview not long ago that your kids told you they're going to hold you accountable for one job and that is being a mom…Given the pressures of this job at General Motors, can you do both well?" (For the record: Lauer is himself a father of three, and seems to manage his job just fine.)
4. On her birthday in late July, Toronto editor Lyndsay Kirkham allegedly overheard some brazenly sexist comments from IBM executives. She livetweeted: "Apparently IBM doesn't like hiring young women because they are 'just going to get themselves pregnant again and again and again.'
Kirkham also told the Daily Dot that these guys "discussed holidays and how [women] needed more time to download and decompress from work-related stress." Kirkham's livetweets prompted a deluge of support for women coders on social media.
5. In June, Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe filed a high-profile lawsuit against her co-founder and former love interest Justin Mateen, alleging gender discrimination and sexual harassment. According to Wolfe, Mateen had said that "he was taking away her 'Co-Founder' title because having a young female co-founder 'makes the company seem like a joke," Vice reported. They settled the lawsuit in September "without admission of wrongdoing," Wolfe's attorney said.
6. In a speech given at a 2005 economics conference, former Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers reportedly cited "innate differences" between men and women as part of the reason why female scientists are under-represented at elite universities. Needless to say, though Summers claimed that his comments were decontextualized, the incident sparked a national media blitz.
In the sexism silver linings department, however, those comments came back to haunt Summers when the White House wanted to nominate him to be the next Fed chairman--a role that eventually went to the first woman to hold the role, Janet Yellen.
While women have made great strides in the world of tech and the workplace more generally, these comments are just a small sliver of the rampant sexism that still exists. And given how recently Nadella and Thornley blurted out their comments, we're depressingly sure we'll have more to add to this list soon.