Why women leave tech: It’s the culture, not because ‘math is hard’

Important article about implicit biases and microaggressions that continue to perpetuate gender inequality in the workplace.

Fortune

I knew something was up when Sandhya, a talented project manager I only knew slightly, asked me if we could have lunch.

She had recently come back from maternity leave. In her note, she said she wanted some advice from another mom.

Over lunch, she confided in me that she was thinking of quitting. It was too hard to juggle everything. Her manager had pressured her to return from leave early, and was pushing her again to take a business trip and leave her nursing infant at home. She wasn’t sleeping. She felt like she was failing her job and her child at the same time.

I assured her that her feelings were normal and that much of it would pass. I encouraged her to say no to her manager. I offered to speak to him on her behalf. Although she earned more than her husband did, she quit two…

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