Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Monday, 17 November 2014

In the news - Managers Tell Women in Tech They Are “Abrasive” and Need to “Step Back” to “Let Others Shine”

Ah yes, the old double standards problem - according to some, if women pushed themselves harder they'd achieve as much as men, but those who stand their ground are pushy, aggressive or abrasive... Unconscious bias strikes again?


Kieran Snyder had heard about women in the tech word being judged more harshly than their male colleagues for the same traits and wanted to know "how often this perception of female abrasiveness undermines women’s careers." So she asked a group of men and women in tech to share their performance reviews with her, without telling them what the study was for. "The question I wanted to answer was: Did review tone or content differ based on the employee’s gender," Snyder writes in Fortune. It turns out that not only did gender matter, it appears to have mattered a lot, enough to shock even me, a jaded feminist.


By: Amanda Marcotte, 28 August 2014
Read more here.

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