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Women of color at tech companies are few and far between

Women of color at tech companies are few and far between
From TechCrunch - October 19, 2017

Thanks to an analysis of EEO-1 data by Reveal News, we have a clear picture of just how many women of color (Native American, black, Latina, Pacific Islander or two or more races) work at major tech companies. When tech companies release their diversity reports, they rarely, if ever, report intersectional data such as the percentage of women of color they employ. In early 2016, Slack became the first tech company to do that.

Apple, likely because its numbers encompass everyone ranging from top executives to retail employees, employs the highest percentage of women of color, according to the analysis. Nine percent of employees at Apple are women of color compared to about four percent of women of color employees at Facebook. At Google, the percentage of women of color is even lower at below four percent.

At the professional level (software engineers, lawyers, HR folk, etc.), however, Apple falls below four percent, while Lyft jumps up to No. 1 with women of color making up five percent of its professional workforce. Meanwhile, Google falls below three percent.

Pinterest wins at the management and executive levels for employment of women of color. The startups representation of women of color in high-up roles is eight percent, followed by 23andMe at six percent. At this level, Apple and Lyft fall to below four percent.

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