The online coding school Treehouse just launched a “change the ratio” program. Can it help fix tech’s diversity problem?
Long a holdout, Apple has joined Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other tech companies by releasing a diversity report of its own. And like the rest of them, the makeup at the Cupertino, California company is largely white and male.
“In a randomized double-blind study female students were less likely to be hired because they were viewed as less competent. And if your name gives you away, you could be in trouble, too. People with hard to pronounce names are less likely to get hired.”
“We’re constantly asked ‘if you write any code’ when speaking about technical topics and giving technical presentations, despite just having given a talk on writing code.”
Because its editors are mostly male, an open-source map that provides data to companies like Foursquare and Craigslist may contain more strip clubs than day care centers.
"For now Facebook’s statistics are par for the course with the other big Silicon Valley companies, which is to say it is mostly white men."
Judging by Wikipedia popularity, who are the most important historical figures of all time? According to one algorithm, it’s 18th century scientist Carl Linnaeus, followed by Jesus. According to a modified version of the algorithm, it’s Hitler, then Michael Jackson.
In fact, the full lists of top influential figures compared among 24 different language editions of Wikipedia differ substantially, according to a recent study. The one thing they all had in common? The top 30 to 60 figures, across all lists, were mostly post-17th century Western white guys. On average, only 10% of the lists were female.
Comedy Central (comedycentral) President Michele Ganeless reveals some details about the network’s next big late-night bet.
The Minority Report setup will be similar to The Daily Show and Colbert Report, but with a twist: For parts of the show Larry Wilmore will be joined by a panel of co-hosts, presumably along the lines of The View or Real Time With Bill Maher. … The idea is for the group to reflect a range of points of view. “It’s not being done right now in late night—a panel of diverse voices, a panel of underrepresented voices,” says Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless. “This is the African American point of view, the female point of view, the Latino point of view, on all issues of the day. It’s holistic—it’s not just about looking at a black point of view and black issues. It’s giving these underrepresented voices an opportunity to be heard on all issues. That array of voices will be a big part of the show.”
The company’s first workforce diversity report is a groundbreaking step for the tech industry, but the statistics themselves are dismaying.
While Google is being widely lauded for publicly owning up to its diversity challenges (it is the first major tech company to do so), the stats themselves are dismaying. Women at Google comprise only 30% of the global workforce, 21% of leadership roles, and 17% of tech roles. Minorities have it worse, with black and Hispanics together making up only 5% of the entire U.S. team, whereas they are about 28% of the U.S. workforce overall.
“It’s like an episode of Mad Men.”
Jamie Wong, founder of Vayable,
Ben Jealous is using his background as a social activist to revolutionize Silicon Valley.
Jealous likes to explain the challenge in terms anyone can understand—from Silicon Valley giants to Trekkies. “We need Captain Hernandez, not just Lieutenant Uhuru,” he says about TV’s most famous techies. “If Captain Kirk found geniuses from places as disparate as Vulcan and Scotland, we can find more of them in Harlem and Appalachia.”
"Some have claimed that Mayer’s not an accurate representation of a woman working in technology. Above all, a high-fashion woman like this could certainly not be relatable. But who’s to say what a role model should look like? It’s always going to be something, and it’s time to live and let live and celebrate the increasing diversity of those among us who dare to lead and be themselves along the way.”
“Just as the most successful management teams bring complementary strengths to the table, so the most meaningful professional networks do as well….even if it takes a bit more effort.”
“…a Credit Suisse analysis of almost 2,400 international companies that found that companies with at least one woman on their board tend to be the strongest performers.”