Women in Tech: “You Only Got That Job Because You’re a Woman”

“Almost one in three women in the tech industry have been told that they only got the job because they are a woman. That’s according to a survey by UK-based jobs recruiter CWjobs, which also found that one in five women believe they have been overlooked for promotion because of their gender.

One business analyst commented to CWJobs: ‘I’ve had occasions when male members of my team have tried to guess if it’s ‘that time of the month’.

‘I’ve had female hiring managers at previous jobs tell me they didn’t want to hire women of a certain age because they might get pregnant…’

She expressed concern that the problem doesn’t just lie in straight-up sexist comments, but it permeates throughout the working day and the sexist culture in some workplaces drains away agency and confidence.

When explaining a specialist work-related issue her male colleague didn’t accept her solution and she says that: ‘I remember thinking ‘Is this because I’m a woman, or does he think I don’t know what I am talking about?’, because let’s be honest, we don’t want to think that people we encounter are sexist.'” 

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