Chart of the Day: The gender gap in Silicon Valley

Just how stark is the gender gap in Silicon Valley? According to Obama’s former technology head honcho Catherine Bracy, reeeeeally bad. Women make just 49 cents for every dollar men make there. Via Mother Jones, here’s a chart that drives it home:

seeding money breakdown by gender


In 2010, 89 percent of California companies that got crucial seed funding were founded by men, while just 3 percent had all women founders. And the break down by race is laughable–the 1 percent of black founders doesn’t even show up in the pie. But, as we’ve learned, tech totally doesn’t have a race problem–it’s a meritocracy!

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard. Before become a full-time writer, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

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