According to the government-authorized news source, the cheerleaders' jobs involve "buying programmers breakfast, chitchatting, and playing ping-pong with them." One Internet company that hired three such cheerleaders reported "improved job efficiency and motivation." Apparently, programmers are so overworked they don't even the time for a single cat video.
Though, If you think this case of inequality and vague sexism in the tech industry is specific to China, look no further than Silicon Valley-based tech behemoth Facebook, who released a report this summer, detailing that 70% of its employees are men. Maybe they could use some women around the office, too.
Michelle No is an editorial assistant at Supercompressor and can't even. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
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