Facebook & LinkedIn Partner To Boost The Number Of Women In Tech

February 11, 2015  |  

The lack of diversity is glaring in the tech sector. Not only are people of color sorely missing but women as well.

Now Facebook and LinkedIn, both of which have shockingly low diversity numbers, have teamed up to boost the number of women in tech. They plan to do so by getting more women to study engineering and computer science via a collaborative initiative.
The number of women studying tech in undergraduate computer science programs is extremely low. At their peak in 1985 these programs were 35 percent women. It’s now at a low of about 17 percent.

The Associated Press conducted an exclusive interview with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and LinkedIn CEO Jeffrey Weiner and they announced that they’re launching mentoring and support programs at colleges to encourage more women to get involved in technology in general. The opportunity also has the potential to turn some of the participants into future employees for their companies.

They could both use an injection of women in the male-dominated firms. Over at Facebook, even though they have a high-powered and high-profile female COO, only 15 percent of its employees working in tech jobs and 31 percent of all employees are women, according to diversity data released last year. It’s about the same at LinkedIn, where women comprise 17 percent of the firm’s tech employees and 39 percent of total employees, reports The Chicago Tribune.

“A lot of our consumers, at least half, sometimes more, are women. We build a product that gives people a voice. We know we can’t build a product for the world unless our teams reflect the diversity of the people who use the product,” admitted Sandberg.

Now it would be great if tech firms like Facebook and LinkedIn created similar initiatives to boost the number of Blacks and Hispanics in their ranks.

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