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Inside Silicon Valley’s Struggle for Diversity

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Inside Silicon Valley’s Struggle for Diversity

Mashable,

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Can the tech industry diversify its workforce?


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From the outside, Silicon Valley seems to be a forward-thinking place, open to anyone with drive and innovative ideas. Sadly, the numbers tell a different story: The people who are likely to be doing well in the tech industry are predominately white and male. Journalist Seth Fiegerman describes the uphill battle women and minorities face to get a foothold at giants like Google, Twitter, Pinterest, and many others tech companies. He talks to experts trying to promote diversity and looks at what these businesses could do to turn things around.

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Twitter as well as other Silicon Valley tech companies lack diversity.

At the end of 2015, after a turbulent and much-criticized year, Twitter announced it was hiring a new head of diversity. This change may have been an attempt at damage control: The company had recently laid off its sole black engineer, Leslie Miley. After losing his job, Miley went on to publicly vent a “long series of frustrations” regarding Twitter’s attempts to address diversity. So, it came as a great surprise to many that Twitter then chose to fill the head of diversity role with none other than a white male.

Twitter’s lack of diversity ...

About the Author

Seth Fiegerman is a journalist whose work has appeared in various renowned publications like Newsweek, The Huffington Post and Business Insider.


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