Another three women have filed suit against CMEA Capital for sexual harassment. Was Ellen Pao just the tip of the iceberg?
By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)
Did Ellen Pao’s much chattered about allegations of sexual harassment against Kleiner Perkins last year empower other women who have experienced similar complaints to come forward? One has to wonder following the news last week that three former employees are suing CMEA Capital for sexual harassment.
Still, Sequoia concedes its lack of woman general partners. “We agree there’s an issue and we’re eager to work with more people from diverse and interesting backgrounds,” Kovacs said.
By Connie Guglielmo (Contributing Writer, Forbes)
Award-winning actress Geena Davis, who started a foundation to study how women are portrayed in the media, spoke at the Women Presidents’ Organization in April and said women make up just 17% of the population in Congress, among film narrators and in crowd scenes in movies.
“It almost seems like you have to go deliberately out of your way to leave out that many women,” Davis said. Ellen Pao, a junior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is suing the VC firm over discrimination. Those aren’t the only places it seems that way.
Gender discrimination is not going to change until there are more women in Silicon Valley.
By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)
Without pretending any knowledge about the validity of Pao’s individual claims, let’s just put aside the false surprise and outrage at the discovery that there’s sexism in Silicon Valley. The tech industry is stunningly gender biased. Just read the first paragraph of this article in the New York Times, and then the response of journalist Xeni Jardin at BoingBoing. “Men are credited with inventing the internet,” she writes. Important distinction there.
Ellen Pao’s lawsuit allows our community to discuss these “women in tech” issues as real problems.
By Cristina Cordova (Business Development, Pulse)
TechCrunch reported that Kleiner Perkins Partner Ellen Pao sued her firm for gender and sexual discrimination. A friend immediately told me “Well that’s career suicide” and I can’t say I didn’t think the same thing. While few can comment on whether the allegations are true, this news does highlight some of the reactions the media and tech community have had to gender issues in the past.