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President of Harvey Mudd College Criticizes Silicon Valley's 'bro Culture'

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Harvey Mudd College president Maria Klawe.

Harvey Mudd College president Maria Klawe has called out the "bro culture" in some of Silicon Valley's tech companies.

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The President of Harvey Mudd College, Maria Klawe, has criticized the culture in some of Silicon Valley's tech companies.

Klawe's eleven-year tenure as president of the Southern California University has seen great strides in gender equality, with 55% of of 2016 undergraduate computer-science majors at the college being women, compared to the 2015 national average of 16%.

Despite this success, Klawe has expressed reluctance in recommending that female graduates of the college seek out venture-backed companies, citing the presence of "bro culture" as well as a lack of human resources.

Klawe, who has sat on the boards of Microsoft and Broadcom, said to CNBC:

For ages, we've been talking to students about whether they want to go to start-ups or not because they tend to have virtually no HR...if something goes wrong, it's a matter of luck whether you have management that cares about these issues

Sexism in the tech industry is not a new subject; in a recent high-profile example, Uber's work environment was condemned as sexist and hostile by a former employee, Susan Fowler, earlier this year. Klawe cited Fowler as having "empowered" people to report such cultures in the workplace.


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