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Study Shows COVID-19’s Impact on Women in Tech ‘Devastating’

The leading cause of burnout? Male bosses.

Buffy Naylor

April 5, 2021

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A report published by global nonprofit Girls in Tech shows that COVID-19’s impact on women in technology has been “devastating.” Particularly alarming, according to the report’s authors, is the high rate of burnout among working women with male bosses.

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Girls in Tech’s Adriana Gascoigne

“The results from our study were abundantly clear: Women in technology are burned out from COVID-19,” said Adriana Gascoigne, founder and CEO of Girls in Tech. “Organizations must realize this is at crisis level.

“We were particularly stunned to learn the impact a supervisor’s gender had on women’s burnout rate,” she added. “We call upon organizations to acknowledge this disparity, dig deeper to better understand the issue and take real, meaningful action toward positive change.”

The 2021 study, “The Tech Workplace for Women in the Pandemic,” examines how Girls in Tech members nationwide are coping during the COVID-19 pandemic. It found that male bosses are burning women out at a much higher rate than female bosses.

Click through the slideshow above for highlights of the study’s findings.

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Buffy Naylor

Managing Editor, Channel Futures

Buffy Naylor is managing editor of Channel Futures. Prior to joining Informa (then VIRGO) in 2008, she was an award-winning copywriter and editor, then senior manager of corporate communications for an international leisure travel corporation and, before that, in charge of creative development and copywriting for a boutique marketing and public relations agency.

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