Women Discuss Inequality, Sexual Harassment in Silicon Valley
In recent months, reports of sexual bias and harassment have shaken California's Silicon Valley.
Silicon Valley is famous as a center for start-up businesses and high-technology companies. Many of its products are popular across the United States and around the world.
But some women working there say they have been mistreated. They talk about men making unwanted sexual comments in an office environment.
And a number of male business leaders have left their companies. They include Travis Kalanick, the former head of Uber. He resigned from the company after women criticized the culture of the ride-sharing service.
Recently, more than 30 women took part in an indoor cycling event to try to increase understanding of one issue: how male investors treat women who create startup businesses and female employees.
Tim Draper, a well-known investor, owns Draper Associates and Draper University. He organized the event in San Mateo, California.
"This is an exciting time for women and I'm all for it. Let's go. Let's start businesses. There's no glass ceiling if you start your own business."
Pearly Chen is the top aide to a woman heading a technology company.
"I think men have to be very important champions for women empowerment, because the reality is that most decision-makers today on the top -- political, business leaders -- are men, so they have to be part of the change."
Many women have begun telling stories about the discrimination and harassment they faced when proposing ideas to male investors.
Wendy Dent is the founder of Cinemmerse, a tech company.
"You pitch your idea and they go, ‘Oh, that's really interesting.' And it was more like they were just setting up dates."
Dent once worked as a fashion model. She is now a businesswoman. She says she faced harassment when she met with a would-be adviser.
"What was I going to do, go to the police?"
Instead, Dent worked on her company, which makes an app for computers.
"I fell deeply into a hole and didn't know what to do. And I learned to code. I decided he's not gonna win."
As more women talk about the problem publicly and on social media, they are having an effect on the industry.
Kate Mitchell is an investor in high-tech companies.
"You can use things like social media now, and other many outlets we have, not just the courts, to communicate what we're all seeing within the industry. And I think that's one of the biggest changes."
I'm Jonathan Evans.
1.social media 社交媒体
We have all witnessed the power of social media.
2.fashion model 时装模特
She's a fashion model on the cover of magazines.
3.set up 设置；设定
I set up a ginger group on the environment.
4.sexual bias 性别歧视
The comments on female in the Bible are the sources of sexual bias in western Christian culture.
1.Recently, more than 30 women took part in an indoor cycling event to try to increase understanding of one issue.
took part in 参加
He took part in the organization of a trade union.
He took part in a television quiz and won a prize.
2.As more women talk about the problem publicly and on social media, they are having an effect on the industry.
having an effect on 对...有影响
I am sure that it will have an effect on our natural environment.
Modern farming methods can have an effect on the environment.
硅谷因汇集新兴企业和高科技公司而闻名 。该地区的许多产品在美国甚至全球都十分畅销 。
然而，在硅谷工作的一些女性称，她们受到了不公平对待 。她们表示，有男士在办公室发表令人反感的性别歧视言论 。
许多男性公司负责人因此离开公司 。其中包括：优步前执行官特拉维斯·卡兰格尼（Travis Kalanick） 。他辞职是因为有女士批评共享单车服务文化 。
蒂姆·德雷珀（Tim Draper）是一位知名投资商，其名下拥有德雷珀协会和德雷珀大学 。他组织了加利福尼亚州圣马特奥的这次活动 。
“对于女性来说，这是个激动人心的时刻，我将全力支持 。加油！我们开始创业吧！只要女性开始创业，便打破了‘玻璃天花板’ 。”
珍珠·陈（Pearly Chen）在一家由女性领导的科技公司任高级助理 。
温迪·登特（Wendy Dent）是斯尼莫斯科技公司的创始人 。
“你抛出自己的想法，然后他们走了，‘噢，那场面十分有趣 。’他们更像在敲定约会日期 。”
登特曾经是一名时装模特 。现在的她是一位女商人 。她说，自己与一位自称咨询顾问的人见面时被骚扰 。
“我深陷某一处洞中，不知所措 。我努力学习编程 。我相信他一定无法打败我 。”
凯特·米歇尔（Kate Mitchell）是一家高科技公司的投资者 。
“现在你可以用社交媒体这种媒介或者其他方式，不一定要采取法律手段，互相交流我们在这个行业里的所见所闻 。我认为这就是巨变之一 。”