A new Twitter hashtag, #RealDiversityNumbers, is challenging the tech industry’s efforts to increase diversity.
Created by Erica Baker a former Google engineer who now works for tech start-up Slack, the hashtag is asking probing questions about inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in Silicon Valley.
In May 2014, Google disclosed that 70% of its employees are men and only 2% African American and 3% Latino. By the end of the summer, other major tech firms, including Apple, Facebook, and Twitter, publicly released their workforce data. Figures revealed that big tech firms heavily skew towards male, white, and Asian.
A year later the numbers show little progress, putting firms under increasing pressure to tap into and retain a diverse pool of top talent that includes women and underrepresented minorities. Tech companies have pledged to do better but blame the pipeline for lack of talent.
Erica Baker, who goes by Erica Joy on some social media platforms, posted this on Twitter: “What % of employees of color feel like they can succeed in your co? How frequently are women promoted compared to men?”
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