Such problems are so prevalent in Chinese society, many people don’t recognize certain behavior amounts to sexual harassment or discrimination, which is illegal in China—though generally the laws aren’t policed. Job ads sometimes say only men need apply.
She also points out that women in China’s Internet firms are still paid on average 30 percent less than men. Among the boards of directors of the country's Internet giants Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent, there is only one woman.
None of this, of course, makes Damore’s comments any more acceptable. But it does highlight that China has an even steeper mountain to climb than America when it comes to leveling the playing field for women working in tech.