When Frances Haugen leaked internal documents to The Wall Street Journal and later testified before Congress about the harm caused by social media giant Meta, her former employer, she joined a growing roster of big-tech whistleblowers. One thing that stands out is that in this male-dominated field nearly all of those whistleblowers are women.

There seem to be far too many, given that women make up about 25% of the workforce in tech, for this to be a coincidence. Are women truly disproportionately represented among whistleblowers? And if they are, what is it about their gender that explains the phenomenon?

Two UMass Amherst scholars, computer scientist Francine Berman and sociologist Jennifer Lundquist, dig into the data in search of answers.

This week we also liked articles about the roles that gender, class and ethnicity can play in shaping your ambitions and dreams, context for the debate over raising the minimum age to buy guns and the complexity of the word “evil.”

Eric Smalley

Science + Technology Editor

The vast majority of high-profile big tech whistleblowers in recent years have been women. Elke Meitzel/Image Source via Getty Images

Why are so many big tech whistleblowers women? Here is what the research shows

Francine Berman, UMass Amherst; Jennifer Lundquist, UMass Amherst

Frances Haugen, Timnit Gebru and Janneke Parrish are at the forefront of a group of high-profile women calling out big tech. Is there a connection between their gender and their role as whistleblowers?

Emile Bernard’s 1888 painting ‘Madeleine in the Bois d'Amour.’ The Print Collector/Getty Images

How your race, class and gender influence your dreams for the future

Karen A. Cerulo, Rutgers University; Janet Ruane, Montclair State University

Your background and life experiences seep into the mind’s eye, quietly shaping whether you believe your dreams can come true.

A visitor pays respects at a memorial created outside Robb Elementary School to honor the victims killed in the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. AP Photo/Eric Gay

Blaming ‘evil’ for mass violence isn’t as simple as it seems – a philosopher unpacks the paradox in using the word

Elise Springer, Wesleyan University

The word ‘evil’ sends a clear message – or does it? There are deep tensions in what the word means, and what it can accomplish.