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New Study Explores Gender Discrimination in High Tech Firms

Report reveals poor project management contributes to gender bias.

A new study by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology explores reasons why women face gender discrimination in high tech firms. The non-profit organization released a report this week titled: "The Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Technical Women: Breaking Barriers to Cultural Change in Corporations." According to Business Week, the study found that poor project management contributes to gender bias when it results in work schedules that are difficult for women with families to accommodate:

"New research suggests that technically oriented women could face gender discrimination in their jobs at high-tech firms in part because of mismanaged projects. Tech firms rely excessively on a 'hero mindset' to save runaway coding projects that are poorly organized, and employees with family responsibilities -- often women -- are sacrificed as a result, according to the report."

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