It's called the 'Pao effect' — Asian women in tech are fighting deep-rooted discrimination
The double whammy of race and gender discrimination is holding back the careers of Asian and Asian American women in Silicon Valley.
Typecast as meek, compliant and domestic, Asian women working in the tech industry say they are frequently pressured into traditionally feminine roles. 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. When they assert or promote themselves, they say they’re penalized.
It’s not just in big tech companies that Asian women face challenges. When pitching investors, Asian women entrepreneurs say they’re told they speak too softly or that they should bring on a male co-founder. They are mistaken for other Asian women. And, they say, they get propositioned all the time.