There has been a lot of talk about diversifying the workplace in the tech world. Women and minorities in general are lagging behind when it comes to jobs in tech, and there’s still got a lot more work to do.
The Verge put together a graph that shows the racial diversity breakdown of some of the biggest digital companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, etc, and the findings weren’t great, especially when it came to Twitter, which was found to have 0% Black women working there.
Today The Verge put together a nice little graph that shows the racial diversity breakdown at some of the biggest online and social companies (Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, etc). The lack of diversity within this particular industry isn’t surprising or new. But the handy graph showing how scant racial diversity is within the field is morbidly thrilling.
The most shocking statistic is that when looking at the numbers for black women in these companies, Amazon is the most at 7% and Twitter is the least with 0%. Not that there are no black women that work at Twitter, but with the number sitting at 14 out of nearly 3000 employees — that isn’t even half of a tenth of a percent. Though once you factor black men into the number, Twitter skyrockets to 2%, with the total number of people remaining at 49.
Yet, with so much chatter around hashtags like #blacklivesmatter and the general concept of Black Twitter, it’s shocking to see the number of black employees at Twitter fall well short of the century mark.
That’s interesting, given another study that has shown that Black people are massive twitter users, particularly women. However, this could also be a combination of recruitment efforts, or lack thereof, and not enough candidates interested.