The floodgates of Silicon Valley have opened as more women are sharing stories about the sexual harassment, discrimination and sexism they experience.
They are naming their harassers’ names and their stories are having a huge impact.
Instead of attempting to sweep things under the rug, companies are investigating these complaints and the men involved are publicly apologizing, resigning, getting fired, and being asked to leave professional organizations.
It’s a rock-and-hard-place situation for the tech industry. Silicon Valley prides itself as being progressive, open and supportive to all, especially the most marginalized people.
On the other hand, tech is an exceptionally male world that glorifies a frat-boy lifestyle, where offices are filled with booze and “brilliant jerks” tend to be the rule, not the exception.
Women are feeling hopeful that this time, a new crop of women speaking out will really shift things. On the other hand, they are not yet convinced. Women have been speaking out about sexual harassment for years. Here is a rundown of the current sexual harassment scandals rocking Silicon Valley, along with the long history of how the tech industry got here.
It feels as though every day, another big name in tech is being fired over sexual harassment — or at least publicly apologizing for it after an accuser speaks out.
Last week, Kris Duggan resigned as CEO of HR startup BetterWorks following accusations of sexual assault and harassment. Duggan was a known name in the startup world. He had previously cofounded Badgeville.
Earlier in July, a number of high-profile VCs resigned after women came forward with complaints of sexual harassment.