Each year, Portland Women in Technology (PDXWIT) captures important data about the Portland tech industry, independent of company and group or association affiliation. Our goal is to deeply understand what it is like for people in the community and to identify themes that need to be addressed.
This year, what we found was stark, but not surprising.
We encourage you to use this data to propel change in your companies, and we’ve provided you with an action checklist at the end of the data visualization to support you in talking to your CEOs, bosses, colleagues and taking action yourself.
It feels like I need to prove myself 100% just to get my foot in the door whereas men seem to be rated on their potential to learn the missing skills they don't have.
Being told I'm 'too emotional' when I have a damn opinion and am assertive about it.
Sexism when I wear a dress. As if wearing a dress makes me less smart or less of a badass. I'm tired of wearing jeans and a t-shirt to be respected by my peers or employees.
The traditional tech 'perks' (like ping pong, foosball, IPA beer tasting) are activities that are traditionally geared towards men. I'm not interested in these activities, and I would like to see a broader list of choices. What about arts & crafts, book clubs, etc?
Listening to colleagues talk about how they are obviously diverse and inclusive while I sit there as the only black woman in the room.
Being propositioned and invited to hotel rooms by tech execs.
The State of the Community survey was a collaboration between Portland Women in Technology, SurveyMonkey and Planet Argon. The survey was launched at TechFest NW in early April 2018 and remained open for over three weeks. It was distributed organically through community members via internal slack groups, mailing lists and social media. 804 people responded to the survey.
Profile of the respondents:
* Important note: One of the questions in the survey asked respondents to specify their gender identity. This question was multi-select–which means respondents could select more than one gender identity descriptor. All data points within this survey include all individuals, regardless of gender identity, EXCEPT the data points denoted with an asterisk (*) in the title. In these situations, only the individuals who specified “man” or “woman” are reflected due to the fact that the sample size for other gender identities was too small. PDXWIT is committed to serving all people in our community and is constantly iterating our processes to ensure this happens. If you have ideas for improvement, or other feedback related to this survey, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portland Women in Technology (PDXWIT), founded in 2012, is a 501c3 non-profit with the purpose of encouraging women to join tech and supporting and empowering them so they stay in tech. What started out as a small group of 15 women meeting socially at a local bar has turned into a highly-engaged and active community of over 5000 people–inclusive of allies–which represents nearly 30% of Portland’s tech workforce.
The organization works hard to be as inclusive as possible of all individuals and welcomes and affirms non-binary and trans people as a matter of principle. The organization has partnered with over 80 tech companies, over 40 of whom are providing ongoing support of the organization as sponsors.