As more and more people begin to ask just why so few women are in technology, new statistics show who is bridging the gender divide best.
In a wonderful turn of events from the, oh, I don’t know, past millennia or so (give or take a few centuries) of gender inequality, people are finally beginning to question just why there are such giant gender gaps across certain industries and why. For example, men and women alike use iPhones and Android devices and all of the cloud-streaming, Wi-Fi using gadgets that we talk about this site but for a long time it’s mostly been men who are coming up with the ideas for them, putting them together and generally getting to have a say on the things that we all use. Hardly seems fair does it? Especially when Ada Lovelace and Dr. Grace Murray Hooper are two fantastic women whose inventions and thinking gave us the computers and computer programs that we know and love today. Alas, The Wall Street Journal has put together a study telling us who is doing gender diversity the best and the results might just very well surprise you.
Leading the pack is eBay who with 42% of its 33,000 workers around the globe being women. Part of that, the company says, is down to their Women’s Initiative Network which is a program they set up three years ago in an effort to get women to stay within the company and not migrate elsewhere, with the chance at leadership positions being the dangling carrot at the end of the string. It’s working too as 28% of their leadership positions are held by women. (They also say that they actively recruit LGBT folk but there aren’t any stats on that at the moment). Meanwhile, Pinterest are in second place with 40%, Yahoo are at third with 37% and Google and Twitter are left squabbling over fourth place as both companies have 30% female employees.
Google’s results are offset by their various projects to get women in technology, though, so it’s a concern but not a great worry (the fact that they made it on the list is probably still considered a win anyway). It’s more troubling for any company whose percentage drops below that, not for face value and a place on a list that you can boast about but because companies and groups that aren’t homogeneous (i.e aren’t made up of the same type of people) actually do better and make more money than those that aren’t, likely because the varying opinions make for better products and more informed business strategies. So much for too many cooks spoiling the broth, eh?
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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