State of Women in Technology Survey Results: Trump, Hillary, Gender Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and More

Thanks to VentureBeat and AsAm News for their early coverage
In order to continue advocating for social change in technology — fighting for salary parity, encouraging girls to pursue careers in tech, and increase advancement of women in leadership roles, amongst other issues — Girls in Tech will be conducting a quarterly survey amongst our members to better understand the issues that concern women working in the technology sector.
Our first survey touches upon a broad range of topics, but gives our organization a strong voice to promote future change. While Girls in Tech has over 50 chapters around the world, this first survey was conducted only amongst women working in the United States. Below you’ll find the press release, key data points, and bar graphs.

New Survey Finds 81% of Women Working in Technology Feel They Have Experienced Gender Discrimination

  • Girls in Tech, A Global Non-Profit Organization With Over 50k Members, Found 64 Percent Believe Hillary Clinton Has Been Judged More Harshly Than Her Male Predecessors
  • 54 Percent Of Women Felt They Have Been Sexually Harassed or Experienced a Hostile Work Environment

San Francisco, CA — Girls in Tech, a global non-profit focused on empowering women in technology, conducted the survey with 582 women working in the U.S. technology sector. This is the first quarterly survey on the State of Women in Technology. Among the key findings:

  • 66% to vote for Hillary, 3% for Trump, while 30% to vote for neither
  • 77% feel a Donald Trump Presidency would be damaging for women in the workplace
  • 7% feel a Hillary Clinton Presidency would be damaging for women in the workplace
  • 54% felt they have been passed over for a promotion because of their gender
  • Of those that knew about the Ellen Pao gender discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins, 59% hoped that Ellen Pao would win her case, while 37% were neutral
  • 91% felt their workplace conditions have improved for women in the last five years, while 8% felt it has gotten worse
  • 55% of women in a relationship with a man made more money than their counterparts

“Women working in technology have come a long way in increasing our numbers in boardrooms and in technical positions,” said Adriana Gascoigne, CEO and Founder of Girls in Tech. “This survey shows that there’s still much work to be done, but as a group, we have a strong and powerful voice.”
When broken down by ethnic background:

  • Asian women held the smallest percentage of leadership roles, Hispanics the largest. Percentage of Executives by ethnicity (Director, VP, C-Level, CEO): Hispanic/Latino 35.76%, White/Caucasian 34%, Black/African American 21%, Asian/Pacific Islander 20%
  • Hispanic women most likely to vote for Hillary Clinton at 77%, followed by blacks at 75%, whites 68%, and Asians at 62%
  • Asians most likely to vote for Donald Trump at 5%
  • 95% of Hispanic women believe a Trump Presidency would be most damaging for women in the workplace, Blacks 82%, Whites 78%, Asians 73%
  • 71% of Blacks believed they have been passed over for a position or promotion because of their gender, Hispanics 63%, Whites 53%, Asians 46%
  • 62% of Blacks felt they have been sexually harassed at work or experienced a hostile work environment, Whites 58%, Hispanics 54%, Asians 34%
  • Of women in relationships with a male, 61% of Whites made more money than their counterparts, Blacks 50%, Asians 45%, Hispanics 44%

For questions or interviews with Adriana or Girls in Tech board members, please contact [email protected]
Age RangeEthnic BacgkroundJob TitleTrump or HillaryTrump WorkplaceHillary JudgedWork ConditionsPromotionGender DiscriminationSexual HarassmentSalary Parity
When broken down by ethnic background:
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Ethnicity Trump or Hillary
Ethnicity Trump Workplace
Ethnicity Clinton Judgement
Ethnicity Workplace Conditions
Ethnicity Gender Promotion
Ethnicity Sexual Harassment
Ethnicity Salary Parity