Yunha Kim, founder & CEO of Android lock screen app company Locket, recently talked about the pros and cons of being a female startup CEO. She recalls an incident that reflects upon the attitude many female professionals have to face.
Kim often sends out emails to potential employees to ask about meetings and interviews, the replies she gets are very discouraging and at times degrading.
The email above, which the Locket CEO received from a developer she was considering hiring, still puts her in a bad mood.
What’s more disturbing is her admission that "this is one of the more professional emails".
Emails aren’t just the only thing professional women have to worry about, "If you are aggressive, you are a bitch. If you are emotional, you are PMSing. If you are soft, you are too feminine," Yunha correctly points out.
Yunha is not the only one. Unfortunately, even in this day and age, gender discrimination, stereotyping and sexual harassment are common.
Even though the federal laws enforced by the U.S. Employment Equal Opportunity Commission are in place to ensure that women are protected from gender-based discrimination in the workplace, cases of harassment and discriminatory practices like withholding promotions and giving different job titles based on the employee’s gender as well as pay inequality are a norm.
According to a research, 46 percent of women believe they've experienced gender discrimination at the workplace.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women working 41 to 44 hours per week not only earn 84.6% of what men working similar hours make, but those working more than 60 hours per week earn only 78.3% of what men take home in the same time category.