“Hey G. I will not leave Berlin until having sex with you. Deal?”
That’s an actual email that tech entrepreneur, Gesche Haas, received earlier this year from a man she had met briefly the same day at a professional event.
This obviously inappropriate communication may seem like an unusual offense committed by a single person acting with compromised judgment; sadly, however, evidence indicates otherwise.
The problem is not just one of media-coverage-worthy harassment or explicit, demeaning sexualization; women in tech are often treated like second-class performers even when they are stars, targeted with repeated belittlement whose impact accumulates over time.
I have witnessed this firsthand.
To read the rest of the article, please see my post on LinkedIn, Sexism In Tech: The Frank Conversation That Men Need To Have (As Told By A Man).