Top 10 women and minorities in tech
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Converse, New Balance and Warby Parker are showing up in inspirational videos starring diverse individuals who are living their dreams, including one with a child with Down syndrome.
Bill Clinton and Ray Lewis, though both African-American, aren’t doing the vid. Nor is longtime supermodel Tyra Banks, whose positive encouragement of women is a mainstay in her “Being Tyra” videos.
Sound like irony? In a report card released by Pew Research Center on Wednesday, white women earned a stellar 100 percent of all of the highest-level online engineering and tech job openings in 2015.
Still, tech companies have spent billions on ramping up talent pipelines through initiatives like summer camps, hiring extra full-time engineers, sponsoring scholarships and commissions, and investing in the next generation of coders with need-based scholarships. They’ve made big strides in reaching out to underrepresented minorities and women. The companies ranked in the top 10 in the report have at least one hiring diversity director in charge of recruitment and retention of women and minorities. The top 10 also have a female chief diversity officer.
While most of the tech landscape remains white and male, the report warned that the wages of ethnic minorities continue to shrink.
“When asked how many ethnic minority and women employees have their salaries hiked in the past year, fewer than half of female STEM workers said yes. However, at least two-thirds of African-American STEM workers said they have received pay raises,” said Sara Harley, senior fellow at the Pew Research Center and the report’s lead author.
The remaining quarter said their pay has stayed the same.
The study said some companies are focusing on offering leadership development and other types of opportunities for women and minorities to share their visions and special talents with others.
“On the technical side, many companies are casting a wider net to recruit and retain women and ethnic minorities in technical roles, including reaching out to graduate student and college students, startup teams, pre-college youths, particularly African-American and Hispanic students, and minority-specific sites for research purposes,” the report said.
While the tech industry is not bottomless when it comes to hiring and promoting women and minorities, it was the best performing industry in the study when it came to trying to hire them and retain them in tech roles.
Read the full report here.