But ask any woman who has worked in the technology industry and you will hear tales of similar “micro-aggressions,” little digs that, over time, contribute to an unwelcoming atmosphere. Researchers who have studied the experiences of women in technology report that expectations for what are considered “appropriate” gender roles form very early on in life. The workers at Applestone’s lab were not used to having a woman tell them what to do. Study after study have shown that conflicts due to clashing assumptions around gender roles contribute a great deal to making Silicon Valley’s corporate culture seem hostile to women.
How One Hardware Startup Solved Silicon Valley’s “Woman Problem”
Andrew Leonard
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I’m a female chef. You’ve just written the perfect description of being the only woman, let alone female chef in kitchens otherwise populated by men. “An unwelcoming atmosphere?” Try downright hostile.

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