I’d like to go back and read the original paper Puncturing the pipeline: Do technology companies alienate women in recruiting sessions? but had to due with this Wired writeup for now.
In an attempt to appear approachable, presenters often made comments that disparaged women or depicted them as sexualized objects rather than talented technical colleagues. For example, in one session, a man mentioned the “better gender ratio” at the company’s Los Angeles office compared with its Silicon Valley office. “I had no girlfriends at [University Name], but now I’m married,” he said, suggesting that the better odds had helped get him hitched.
🤦♂️ There is so much work to do on this issue.