BuzzFeed News is using the power of social media to make women feel empowered and more comfortable talking about their experiences of gender discrimination and sexism.
The survey, conducted by BuzzFeed and the Center for Women & Politics at Georgetown University, found that women have a significantly greater impact on social media than men, and that men are still less likely to use social media for women’s voices and issues than women.
“We know that women, especially women of color, are at higher risk of being harassed and targeted online,” said the report’s co-author, Danielle Smith, an assistant professor of journalism at Georgetown and the study’s coauthor.
“But for the first time, we also know that men have a much lower likelihood of being able to do so.”
In fact, just 13% of respondents to the BuzzFeed survey said they had experienced a hostile or threatening interaction online while a man did.
However, the gender gap in online experiences for men is more pronounced than for women.
Seventy-one percent of white men surveyed said they experienced a violent or threatening incident while a woman did.
Black men were more likely to experience a violent incident, at 57%.
White men also reported experiencing harassment at more than twice the rate of women.
And white women were more than five times more likely than white men to experience sexual harassment, which can include groping, touching, or making sexual remarks.
Smith said she wanted to see more women use social platforms to amplify their voices in order to fight back against discrimination and to help men understand the impact of discrimination on their communities.
“I think it’s really important that women feel comfortable being themselves online, but it’s also important for men to feel comfortable using social media,” Smith said.
The report found that the vast majority of women who use social networking sites for women have experienced sexual harassment at some point in their lives.
Seventeen percent of women surveyed reported having been sexually harassed while on social networks.
Seventysomething white women and black women both reported experiencing sexual harassment while on these sites, but only black women reported being the target of such abuse.
The study found that 77% of women and 68% of men said they have been harassed online while they were in college, and only 12% said they were harassed in their professional lives.
The vast majority (85%) of women reported that they experienced harassment while at a bar or club.
Only 12% of white women reported harassment while in a restaurant, bar, or club, while 28% of black women and 21% of Hispanic women reported the same.
And the vast bulk of women (88%) reported being harassed while in their homes.
The data also shows that white women are far more likely on these platforms to report having experienced harassment in their own lives than their peers of color.
Seventety-nine percent of the white women surveyed said that they had been sexually assaulted while they attended college.
And 80% of the black women surveyed also said they reported having experienced sexual assault.
The most common types of harassment among women were physical threats (59%), sexual harassment (49%), stalking (40%), and stalking-related threats (37%).
Smith said the survey results should serve as a wake-up call for all women online to not let their guard down.
“If you want to get a little bit more visibility and attention for women, you need to be on these social platforms, not hiding,” Smith told BuzzFeed News.
“You have to be out there talking about it.
And you have to get your stories out.”
Women in leadership positions and other influential positions are also particularly likely to have faced harassment online, and those in the corporate world have the highest rate of it (33%), according to the report.
Only 16% of CEOs and general managers reported being victims of sexual harassment online while in leadership roles, while 22% of other senior executives reported harassment online.
Nearly a quarter of female CEOs reported having encountered harassment while attending a professional networking event or networking event, while 14% reported that in their company.
“That is very important to understand,” Smith added.
“And I think this is something that’s important for all of us, not just the tech and the media industry.”
The study is the latest attempt to shed light on how to make the world a better place for women online.
Earlier this year, BuzzFeed published a report, Women in Tech: What They’re Up Against, which found that tech companies have historically been hostile and sexist to women.
However a new study by the Women in Media, Politics, & Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, found an even more alarming trend.
According to the study, the tech industry is one of the most discriminatory environments for women in the U.S. The number of women in technology roles has decreased from 17% in 2012 to 11% in 2018, while women’s representation in tech leadership positions has grown by 30%.
That number also doubled from 8% in 2014 to 12% in 2017.
Smith, who has been tracking gender