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Why Are So Many Big Tech Whistleblowers Women?


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Are whistleblowers more focused on the public interest? More virtuous? Are these possible reasons why so many women are blowing the whistle on big tech?

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A number of high-profile whistleblowers in the technology industry have stepped into the spotlight in the past few years. For the most part, they have been revealing corporate practices that thwart the public interest, and, for the most part, these whistleblowers are women—far more, it appears, than the proportion of women working in tech.

This raises the question of whether women are more likely to be whistleblowers in the industry. The short answer is: "It's complicated."

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