After Google recently released their workforce statistics, it was a pretty clear that white males comprise a majority of the company. The news is not surprising, as it reflects a problem that plagues most of Silicon Valley.
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According to an article in The New York Times, out of Google’s 46,170 worldwide employees, only 17 percent of their technical employees are women. This pales in comparison to the 47 percent of women who represent the total American work force and is below the 20 percent of female software developers that represent the tech industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Things didn’t look any better when comparing the number of minority workers. Of all the Google employees in the United States, 61 percent are white, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 2 percent are black. Only Asians rose above the double-digit mark, making up roughly one-third of the company.
This skewed number is far from representative of the nation’s actual demographic. The decision to disclose such information arose from increasing debates over the lack of diversity within the industry. Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has been pressuring tech companies like Facebook and Hewlett-Packard, to divulge their diversity information — something they have yet to do.
Even though the show of good faith on Google’s part is a step toward opening up dialogue, the industry as a whole has quite a way to go if it wants to enter into the 21st century.
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