Coleen Carrigan: There’s a Long Way to go to Close Tech Gender Gap

When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said last week that women needn’t ask for raises but should trust in the system to get the pay they deserved, a firestorm of reaction ignited around the issues of unequal pay for men and women and the gender gap in the technology industry.

Nadella, asked at a conference of women in computing what his advice would be for women uncomfortable about asking for a raise, said in part: “It’s not really about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along.” … Other women said they experienced blatant hostility in the workplace. Coleen Carrigan, an assistant professor of anthropology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, who studies underrepresented groups’ participation in STEM fields, calls the pipeline — the path that takes women into the field — “very leaky.” In her experience — she worked at Amazon from 1997 to 2001 — and in her research, she’s often found “there’s a hostile work environment in computer science and engineering.”

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