I was featured in the Portland Business Journal last Friday! I wrote an essay on startups and the experiences of women in the Portland tech community that have caused me to not refer women into startups for jobs unless the startups are run by fellow PyLadies.
It takes more than one CEO’s alleged behavior to cause 56 percent of women to leave technology related fields by mid-career, according to a Harvard Business Review study. That’s twice the rate that men leave the tech industry.
After all, 63 percent of women in STEM industries (science, technology engineering and math) have experienced sexual harassment, according to a 2008 study.
I can’t recommend that women work for startups in Portland.
Startup funders should keep holding executives accountable. Company cultures grow from the seeds planted by their leaders.
These companies need [qualified HR, skilled with workforce diversity issues], and our tech leaders should demand it.
Read the whole thing at the Portland Business Journal’s site!