10 Misogyny Scenarios Women in Tech Experience

Misogyny is a pervasive problem in many industries, and the technology sector is no exception. Women in tech face a variety of barriers and challenges that are rooted in sexist attitudes and behaviors. From microaggressions to outright harassment, the experiences of women in tech are often fraught with discrimination and injustice.

To better understand the challenges faced by women in tech, we ran a poll within our community asking which scenarios reflect the most common manifestations of misogyny, with 36% highlighting “double standards” and 31% citing stereotyping.

Here are ten examples of the types of misogyny that women in tech commonly experience at the workplace:


Although considered subtle forms of discrimination that are often unintentional, microaggressions can have a significant impact on the well-being and confidence of women in tech. Examples of microaggressions include being interrupted or talked over in meetings, having your ideas dismissed or ignored, or being subjected to stereotypes about gender roles in the workplace. Microaggressions not only undermine the contributions and credibility of women in tech but also perpetuate harmful biases and reinforce unequal power dynamics within the industry. 

Lack of support: 

Women in tech often face a lack of support from their colleagues and supervisors, which can make it difficult to succeed in their roles. Have you been excluded from important projects or not been given the resources needed to complete your work effectively? Then you know that the absence of support not only hampers the professional growth and development of women in tech but also hinders the overall innovation and success of organizations by disregarding diverse perspectives and talents.

Pay disparities: 

Despite efforts to close the gender pay gap, women in tech still earn less than their male counterparts on average. Statistics show that women in technology earn only 81 cents for every dollar earned by men in the same roles. This disparity not only affects individual women’s earning potential but also contributes to wider economic inequality and reinforces gender stereotypes in the tech industry. Addressing these pay disparities and striving for women’s contributions to be recognized and valued on par with their male colleagues is the only viable solution forward.

Sexual harassment:

Sexual harassment continues to be a persistent problem within the technology industry, with statistics showing that 60% of women in tech have experienced unwanted advances or harassment at some point in their careers. Sexual harassment in all its forms is unequivocally unacceptable. It undermines the fundamental principles of respect, equality, and human rights. It perpetuates a toxic and hostile environment that hampers the progress and potential of individuals, particularly women, and creates a significant barrier to achieving true gender equality. Eliminating sexual harassment is not only a moral imperative but also a necessary step toward fostering inclusive and thriving professional communities.

Exclusion from leadership positions: 

Last week we conducted a poll on the leadership promotion gap and described the problem in more detail in our newsletter. Many women in tech struggle to advance to leadership positions within their companies, despite having the skills and qualifications necessary to do so. This can be due to factors such as bias in hiring and promotion decisions, lack of networking opportunities, or unconscious assumptions that women are not suitable for leadership roles. To address this issue, organizations must implement comprehensive diversity and inclusion initiatives that actively promote gender equality and create a level playing field for all employees. The way forward can include providing leadership development programs, mentorship opportunities, and unconscious bias training to challenge existing stereotypes and biases. Fostering an environment where women in tech can thrive and ascend to leadership positions based on their merits and capabilities is an absolute must-have.


Stereotyping is a common form of sexism in the tech industry, often manifesting in the assumption that women are less technically skilled or less committed to their careers than men. Women are systematically being overlooked for promotions or not being given the same opportunities as their male colleagues. By actively challenging and dismantling these stereotypes, the tech industry can create a more inclusive and equitable environment where women are recognized and valued for their technical expertise and contributions, paving the way for equal opportunities and advancement for all professionals, regardless of gender.


Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse that involves manipulating someone into doubting their own perception of reality. Women in tech may experience gaslighting when they speak out against discrimination or harassment, with their concerns being dismissed or minimized by colleagues or superiors. When women attempt to voice their concerns regarding this pervasive misogyny, they frequently face amplified levels of misogyny and encounter threats of violence from men. Have you had such situations? Let us know in the comments.

Double standards: 

Women in tech may be held to different standards than their male colleagues, making it harder for them to succeed and advance in their careers. For example, women may be judged more harshly for taking time off for family reasons or for expressing emotions in the workplace.

Lack of diversity: 

The tech industry has a well-documented diversity problem, which can contribute to feelings of isolation and exclusion for women in tech. When workplaces are overwhelmingly male, it can be difficult for women to feel valued and supported.

Toxic culture: 

Women in tech may experience a toxic culture that perpetuates sexism, discrimination, and harassment. This can be exacerbated by factors such as high pressure to perform, a lack of work-life balance, and a lack of accountability for those who engage in harmful behavior.

In conclusion, the deep-rooted issue of misogyny has led to a distressing reality where numerous women feel isolated, disconnected, and really cut off, as depicted in the header image. Initiatives such as unconscious bias training, mentoring and networking programs, and policies that support work-life balance can combat misogyny and create a more positive and supportive environment for everyone in the tech industry.

If you still haven’t expressed your opinion in our poll, please feel free to join the conversation about misogyny.

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