The Girls in Tech nonprofit group’s recent poll found that 66 percent of tech-employed women plan to vote for Hillary Clinton, while 3 percent plan to vote for Trump. A surprising large number — 30 percent — don’t plan to vote for either one of the U.S. presidential candidates.
The survey is based on a survey of 582 women working in the U.S. tech sector, and it’s part of the group’s first quarterly survey on the State of Women in Technology.
Seventy-seven percent feel that a Trump presidency would be damaging for women in the workplace, while only 7 percent felt a Clinton presidency would be damaging.
Aside from the presidential campaign, the survey had other data related to women in the workplace. For instance, 81 percent felt they have experienced gender discrimination.
About 64 percent of the women said they felt that Clinton has been judged more harshly than her male predecessors. And 54 percent of women feel that they have been sexually harassed or experienced a hostile work environment. The same number, 54 percent, said they felt they have been passed over for a promotion because of their gender.
Of those who knew about the Ellen Pao gender discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, 59 percent hoped that Pao would win her case (she lost), while 37 percent were neutral. Ninety-one percent felt workplace conditions have improved for women in the last five years, while 8 percent felt it has gotten worse.
And 55 percent of women in a relationship with a man made more money than their counterparts.
“Women working in technology have come a long way in increasing our numbers in boardrooms and in technical positions,” said Adriana Gascoigne, CEO and founder of Girls in Tech, in a statement. “This survey shows that there’s still much work to be done, but as a group, we have a strong and powerful voice.”
San Francisco-based Girls in Tech has multiple chapters around the world, and it has 50,000 members. Its aim is to promote women and girls in the tech industry. The survey was conducted last week.
When broken down by ethnic background:
- Asian women held the smallest percentage of leadership roles, Hispanics the largest. Percentage of executives by ethnicity (Director, VP, CLevel, CEO): Hispanic/Latino 35.76 percent; White/Caucasian 34 percent; Black/African American 21 percent; Asian/Pacific Islander 20 percent.
- Hispanic women most likely to vote for Hillary Clinton at 77 percent, followed by Blacks at 75 percent. Whites were 68 percent, and Asians 62 percent.
- Asian women were the most likely to vote for Donald Trump at 5 percent.
- 95 percent of Hispanic women believe a Trump presidency would be most damaging for women in the workplace; Blacks 82 percent, Whites 78 percent, Asians 73 percent.
- 71 percent of black women believed they have been passed over for a position or promotion because of their gender; Hispanics 63 percent, Whites 53 percent, Asians 46 percent.
- 62 percent of black women felt they have been sexually harassed at work or experienced a hostile work environment; Whites 58 percent, Hispanics 54 percent, Asians 34 percent.
- Of women in relationships with a male, 61 percent of white women made more money than their counterparts; Blacks 50 percent, Asians 45 percent, Hispanics 44 percent.