Anyone working in the IT industry knows that there are a few issues regarding women in tech. There's a shortage of qualified women. The IT culture tends to be male dominated, and in some cases there's implicit, or even explicit, sexism and sexual harassment.
In the past few days, sexual harassment in Silicon Valley came to light in with a blog post by Susan Fowler about her experience working at Uber. It went viral and USA Today has a story about sexism in Silicon valley.
Here's what we think about the situation:
1) Sexism in tech exists because some people don't respect all other humans and the male culture makes them think that it's macho and acceptable to treat women as objects.
2) The culture must change and it can only change from the top. The CEO of the company has the responsibility to create the culture and set the morals for the company. For better or for worse, his or her attitude regarding sexism, minorities, respect, and morals will be reflected in the hiring and running of the company.
In the Uber incident, the board and CEO claim that they are shocked and can't understand how this could have happened. I don't believe it. It happened on their watch, and they are responsible for the culture and tone in their company.
Without wavering, at Tejon Tech, there's zero tolerance for behaving like a pig. I hope that it's that way where you work too.