Women’s Work

Perspectives on Gender in Tech

News articles and personal stories about gender discrimination and the sexual harassment of women at work are sparking a much-needed conversation. Why are these problems so pervasive and persistent in a number of industries, including technology? How can we be part of the solution? These videos draw on CHM’s collections to share stories, insights, and advice from some of the most successful and powerful women in Silicon Valley tech.

Technology’s effect on our society and culture continues to grow, yet only 18 percent of those equipped to design our future—and benefit from these high-paying jobs—are women. What effect does this gap have on our products, economy, and future?

This overview video on the state of women in tech–past, present, and into the future–offers perspectives from a variety of women in Silicon Valley, including founders, executives, and venture capitalists from Google, Facebook, YouTube, Threshold Ventures (formerly Draper Fisher Jurvetson), and more. Download a discussion guide.

Women Tech Leaders on the Gender Gap (00:01:03)

Start Something

Explore topics on gender and job stereotypes, leadership challenges, and pattern matching. Use the guides below with the accompanying videos to start a debate in your classroom, at your work, with a group of friends, or around the dinner table.

Discussion Guides

Title Roles

Girl Toys

Heidi vs. Herself

What If?

Central Casting

“Bossy” Women

Need a Lift?

Women’s Movement


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