Of the mere 8.5 percent of Americans who claimed to be able to name a female leader in the technology industry, just four percent actually could — and a quarter suggested Siri and Alexa.

The statistic comes from a survey of 1,000 American consumers, ages 18 and older, on their perceptions of the gender gap within the technology industry, and of artificially intelligent assistants.

Conducted by LivePerson, a company which specializes in the use of bots and automated messaging systems for companies to engage with their customers, the survey paints a damning picture of gender imbalance across the tech industry.

Of the 1,000 people asked, 53.2 percent said they never wondered why the default voice for assistants like Siri and Alexa is female. The only demographic that had thought on this were those in Generation Z, between the ages of 18 to 24, with almost 58 percent saying they had previously thought about why AI assistants use female sounding voices out of the box.

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