Not Yahoo Too! Tech Giant Reveals Mainly A White Male Workforce
The lack of diversity in Silicon Valley might just be worse than most thought. On the heels of Google’s disappointing diversity numbers and LinkedIn’s lack of diversity, Yahoo has decided to come clean as well. And despite having a woman in charge–CEO Marissa Mayer–the company is dominated by white men.
“Women make up only 15 percent of tech workers and 37 percent of total employees, Yahoo reported Tuesday in a global breakdown of its workforce,” reports The Los Angeles Times. The company’s leadership is 77 percent male. On top of this, 50 percent of Yahoo’s U.S. workers are white and 39 percent are Asian. African Americans and Latinos make up merely 6 percent of U.S. workers.
“We’re in the business of building products for hundreds of millions of users worldwide and that starts with having the best possible talent — a Yahoo team that understands and reflects our diverse user base,” said Jacqueline Reses, Yahoo’s chief development officer, in Yahoo’s diversity report. “These statistics are only a part of the story.”
As previously reported, Google released its diversity numbers in May and revealed a whopping 70 percent of the company’s workers are men. Then LinkedIn disclosed last week that men make up 61 percent of its workers.
These disclosures are following the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s call to tech companies to not only reveal their diversity numbers but also for them to work on boosting diversity in their ranks and on their executive boards.
The numbers are sad. “About one in 14 tech workers is black or Latino both in the Silicon Valley and nationally. Blacks and Hispanics make up 13.1 and 16.9 percent of the U.S. population, respectively, according to the most recent Census data,” reports The Washington Times.
“Technology is supposed to be about inclusion, but sadly, patterns of exclusion remains the order of the day,” wrote Jackson in his initial letter to Apple, Twitter, Facebook, HP, Google and other tech companies.