Opinion: Gender Bias Unchecked in Venture Capital Firms

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March 17, 2015

The facts are mixed and murky in Ellen Pao’s widely publicized sex discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a leading Silicon Valley venture-capital firm. But whatever the ultimate result, a few points are clear. The venture-capital culture is out of touch with the realities of contemporary workplaces, where half the talent pool is female. And the premises of anti-discrimination law are out of touch with the realities of women’s experience, where much gender bias is unconscious and implicit, rather than overt and intentional.