Puncturing the Pipeline: Do Technology Companies Alienate Women in Recruiting Sessions?

Puncturing the Pipeline: Do Technology Companies Alienate Women in Recruiting Sessions?

By
Alison T. Wynn, Shelley Correll
Social Studies of Science. February
2018, Vol. 48, Issue 1, Pages 149-164

A ‘chilly’ environment limits women’s advancement through the educational pipeline leading to jobs in science and technology. However, we know relatively little about the environment women encounter after making it through the educational pipeline. Do technology companies create environments that may dampen women’s interest at the juncture when they are launching their careers? Using original observational data from 84 recruiting sessions hosted by technology companies at a prominent university on the US West Coast, we find that company representatives often engage in behaviors that are known to create a chilly environment for women. Through gender-imbalanced presenter roles, geek culture references, overt use of gender stereotypes, and other gendered speech and actions, representatives may puncture the pipeline, lessening the interest of women at the point of recruitment into technology careers.