When they assert or promote themselves, they say they're penalized.It's not just in big tech companies that Asian women face challenges.They get stuck with office housework such as organizing team lunches and with grunt work such as fixing software bugs.With fewer "stretch" assignments that advance their careers, they say they encounter more bias on performance reviews and get overlooked for promotions and pay raises."Only if we are willing to speak up will we be able to change the stereotypes," Phaphon says.Typecast as meek, compliant and domestic, Asian women working in the tech industry say they are frequently pressured into traditionally feminine roles.What's important is that we're telling our stories and standing up for ourselves and for each other," Ellen Pao writes in her new book, Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change, released Tuesday.Software engineer Tracy Chou pressured some of technology’s most powerful companies to release annual demographic reports on their workforces, revealing just how few women and people of color they employ.
Beatrice Kim sued her former employer Better Works and its then chief executive officer Kris Duggan in July, claiming he assaulted her in a sexually suggestive manner during a company retreat and permitted a hostile work environment in which vulgar remarks were made about women.
Pao accused Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers of not promoting her because of her gender and retaliating against her for complaining.
She lost on all counts., Pao recalls going to work for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers' John Doerr as his chief of staff.
Female entrepreneurs, many of them Asian, stepped forward to expose the predatory behavior of tech investors who sexually harassed women, leading to those investors’ resignations and promises from the tech industry to reform.
Phaphon says the example set by Pao and others gave her the courage to tell her story.