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Research

As part of Breaking the Culture of Sexual Assault, Clayman Institute researchers are conducting original research on sexual assault and gender-based violence.  These projects employ intersectional perspectives and seek to understand the problems as well as generate solutions, in an effort to reinvigorate the stalled gender revolution.

Communication About Social Problems 
Do we judge social problems such as sexual assault, sexual harassment and police violence differently depending on how they are communicated to us? This project seeks to answer this question through a series of experiments that vary the order in which information about the problem is presented and the response to the problem given by a community leader.  This study will allow us to better understand how to communicate social problems to generate community interest in solving the problems.
 
Sexual Harassment in Tech Workplaces 
While many Silicon Valley companies focus on unconscious bias as a driver of gender-unequal employment outcomes, this focus leaves out another factor which holds women back in the tech industry: sexual harassment. Previous research has found that the majority of women in tech have experienced sexual harassment, yet we have very little detail about these experiences. To address this gap in knowledge, this project seeks to interview women in the Bay Area tech industry about their experiences of sexual harassment and their views on sexual behavior in tech workplaces in general. Ultimately, this research seeks to not only to shed light on how and why sexual harassment in the tech industry occurs, but also to develop solutions that can proactively prevent its occurrence in the future. This would allow women in tech unfettered access to the jobs offered in the tech industry, a necessary step toward advancing gender equality in today’s world.