The flavor of the month in the tech industry seems to be to raise your hand and admit that your company lacks gender equality and diversity. Google pioneered this trend back in May, after which Facebook, LinkedIn and Yahoo followed suit. Now Twitter has become the latest online giant to do the same.
Like the other four before it, Twitter's data points out the massive ethnic and gender disproportion that exists within its staff. The micro-blogging site says that the male to female worker ratio in its overall workforce currently stands at 70 percent, and that proportion becomes even more lopsided in its executive ranks where there are only 21 women for every 79 men.
When analyzed from an ethnic perspective, the results are no different from the rest. Caucasians form 59 percent of Twitter's workforce, with 29 percent Asian and just 5 percent either black, Hispanic or Latino.
“We are keenly aware that Twitter is part of an industry that is marked by dramatic imbalances in diversity — and we are no exception,” Janet Van Huysse, Twitter’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, wrote in the post. “By becoming more transparent with our employee data, open in dialogue throughout the company and rigorous in our recruiting, hiring and promotion practices, we are making diversity an important business issue for ourselves.”
These disclosures about gender and ethnic inequality in Silicon Valley have only reinforced what was already well-known. The revelation that 89 percent employees of all big tech companies are either white or Asian or that just 39 percent of them are female has done nothing but put a number on what we already knew.
Apple is expected to be next in line to release its figures. Such willingness by mega corporations to admit that a form of inequality exist within their ranks makes one wonder what possible gain there is for them. The answer to this dilemma is that by acknowledging these disparities, Google and its peers are attempting to wash off some of the bigotry accusations against them.
These examples could aide their case in winning future arguments about their self-accountability habits. Well played, sir!