Perceptions of Abrasiveness in Tech by Gender

Fortune published an article this week on a small study about people’s performance reviews in tech companies, and whether the tone of such reviews differed based on the employee’s gender.

Spoiler: it did. You can read it here.

(NB: The numbers are not percentages. It took me a moment to realize that.)

Not only did negative criticism show up more in reviews of women, but also women also received much more negative criticism regarding their personality and tone.

“This kind of negative personality criticism—watch your tone! step back! stop being so judgmental!—shows up twice in the 83 critical reviews received by men. It shows up in 71 of the 94 critical reviews received by women.” [emphasis mine]

 *Edited to reflect that the reviews were from tech businesses specifically.

2 thoughts on “Perceptions of Abrasiveness in Tech by Gender

  1. The article states that the sample was drawn from the tech industry, which is much more specific than “business.” Quibble with this post of course but I think it is worth noting this wasn’t sampling several fields/industries that fall under the business umbrella, as was my impression until reading the original article.

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