Diversity in Tech
For the first time, many of the biggest U.S. tech companies are disclosing data on the diversity — or lack thereof — of their workforces. The dearth of women and minorities, especially in technical positions, has stirred a debate on what should be done. Here are stories that explore this hot topic.
When Bonnie Ross took over Microsoft’s biggest video-game franchise, she inherited a Halo 4 script riddled with one-dimensional female characters who existed mainly as villains to be slain by the male protagonist.
Harvey Mudd College and the Anita Borg Institute, along with technology companies including Facebook and Intel, have begun an initiative to increase the diversity of computer science undergraduates, amid a debate about the issue in Silicon Valley.
Apple, Facebook and Google have criticized themselves this year for not having diverse enough workforces. Piazza Technologies Inc. is betting the hunt for a wider range of talent will boost its business.
“Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page,” Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook wrote in a blog post. “They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them.”
VMware said women make up 19 percent of its engineers, a slightly higher ratio compared with other technology companies that have recently released data in response to criticism that they aren’t diverse enough.
Yahoo revealed its workforce is less than 40 percent female and that many of the women are in non-leadership roles, in the Web portal’s first such disclosure amid a Silicon Valley debate over diversity.