#GAReads | What images of women at work tell us about sexism
A single image can communicate a lot.
The photos a company uses on its recruitment website, social media channels or internal newsletters can send a powerful message to employees about the kind of person that's rewarded and valued there.
A 2018 Pew study found women are underrepresented in Google image results for certain jobs and fields. You can probably guess which ones they are, based on our socialized ideas of what counts as "women's work" versus what constitutes "men's work." In 2015, research from the University of Washington also examined Google image results for different professions and similarly found that in stock photos, website images and more, women aren't depicted in certain professions as often as men are.