THE TECH SECTOR IS STILL NOT A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. WOMEN CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND BLATANT BIAS. HERE ARE THEIR STORIES.
BY GWEN MORAN
It’s a pretty safe bet that no male CEOs can match this story:
Heidi Roizen, cofounder and CEO of software company T/Maker, recalls working on a “company-defining deal” with a major PC manufacturer in 1985. The computer company’s senior vice president, who had been instrumental in crafting the deal, suggested they sign the paperwork and celebrate over dinner in San Francisco.
About halfway through dinner, Roizen says the exec asked her to close her eyes. He said he had a present for her and asked her to put her hand under the table so he could give it to her. Then, she says, he placed her hand in his unzipped pants. Roizen quickly left restaurant and the deal subsequently fell apart.
“For a long time, I never told that story to anyone,” she says. “When I did tell it [on my blog], I didn’t tell it to shame or fault anyone, but to let people know that these things actually happen to women.”