Female Favorite Pinterest Run Mainly By White & Asian Men

July 28, 2014  |  

The picture of the tech sector just got whiter and more masculine. A number of tech companies such as Google, Twitter and Yahoo have released their diversity numbers and it wasn’t pretty. Just as most thought, the tech industry is mostly male and white. And it seems that Pinterest is no different.

Pinterest admits its lack of diversity is a problem, especially since a majority of its users are female. The site’s employees are 60 percent male, and 92 percent of the company’s 400 employees are white or Asian. And according to its own data, only 21 percent of the San Francisco-based company’s tech positions are filled by women, and more than 80 percent of its executives are male. Pinterest discussed their dismay over the diversity numbers via a blog post.

Pinterest software engineer Tracy Chou said in an interview with The LA Times that the company is working to become more diverse. The photo-sharing social network supports programs promoting tech-friendly fields to under-served populations. And, says Chou, it has a 32 percent female engineering intern class and has partnered with organizations such as Girls Who Code to expand the pipeline.

“The [tech] environment is not particularly friendly to minorities,” Chou said. “The industry is not doing a very good job at retaining diversity.”

According to Chou, tech’s lack of diversity is due to two main reasons: a “pipeline problem” of very little diversity in computer science and engineering college students, and that tech owners and staff tend to hire only people who look like themselves, reports The Los Angeles Times.

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