The “toxic” culture that has been infecting tech companies is so bad, the tech industry is finally taking action.
The CEO of a company that has a history of harassment and sexism is stepping down.
Cady Stegmaier resigned on Tuesday, saying the company’s leadership had not been able to effectively address harassment and misogyny.
She will step down at the end of the month.
The women in the company are outraged by what they say is a culture that is “not welcoming” women and does not take abuse as seriously as men do.
But what they also want is for tech companies to create a culture of respect, inclusion and mutual respect.
Stegmas is one of the founders of the social media company, Cady, and was in charge of its global operations.
She was in the front lines of fighting the rise of “fake news” in 2016 and her exit is a reminder that the tech world still has a ways to go.
Stagmaier has been a staunch advocate of female employees and their right to speak out, but she said she has learned that the company needs to start taking steps to make its workplaces more welcoming for women.
She also said the company was now “working on” ways to better address harassment in the workplace.
“I think this is a really important moment for us to come together as a company and to do the right thing for the people in our company,” she told Recode in an interview.
Stigmas has been with the company for a year and a half, and the departure comes amid growing anger at the culture at the company.
Stigs biggest accomplishment, which she said is to help create an environment of empathy, is a “pretty high bar” that will be challenged over the coming months.
“It is hard to take for people to be able to look at a situation and say, ‘This is wrong,'” she said.
“But at the same time, we have to learn to take it in stride and say that this is what we are going to do.”
It is not the first time Stegmans career has been in the news.
The former head of technology at Facebook, Stegman, has been the subject of a lot of criticism and harassment from her colleagues, the CEO of the company, and many of her fellow women in tech.
She resigned earlier this year and was fired from her role as head of product development and was not fired from the company in February.
She told Recidocs first story about her time at Facebook back in 2016.
“As a white woman in the tech field, I felt that I was on the margins of tech,” she said at the time.
“And the thought that someone could come in and have the opportunity to talk about how to do a better job at their company, I just felt that this was a way that I could speak up.”
A week after her resignation, a video emerged of her describing her experiences at Facebook as “tantamount to rape” and describing the culture that had allowed for it.
“My friends and I were told, ‘You can’t talk about this to anyone,'” she says in the video.
“You’re a white female.
You’re a woman.
You can’t say this.
You just can’t.”
“You can be so toxic that people are afraid to say anything,” she added.
“That’s the worst thing that can happen.”
Her comments sparked an international outcry.
At the time, the company said it was investigating and was committed to improving its culture.
But it has since taken several steps to address the issue, including launching an internal diversity training program for employees, hiring a new leadership team and hiring a more diverse board of directors.
The company has also introduced new rules to address bullying and harassment in tech and made significant changes to its code of conduct.
Stiegmas’ departure is a signal that the culture has not been fixed, and that companies will continue to need to make changes in the coming weeks.
But she said her company has learned a lot and is moving in the right direction.
“The culture of our company has changed.
I am a woman in a leadership role,” she says.
“We have a really strong culture.
We are committed to it.”
Stegs departure comes as women in leadership in tech have made headlines after stepping forward in recent years to report workplace harassment.
In 2017, a senior engineer at Uber, who was not named, wrote an open letter to company CEO Travis Kalanick and chief operating officer John Krafcik.
She described the harassment she received, saying she was repeatedly raped by male colleagues.
She said she was told that she had no choice but to stop working on Uber.
In 2018, a woman who worked at Spotify, one of many companies to fall under scrutiny from the media, told Recodecs that she was fired after telling her boss she would not be going to work with him anymore because of his behavior toward women.
That same year,