Yahoo has followed in the footsteps of Google and have released their workplace diversity statistics, proving that Silicon Valley is predominantly still made up of white males.
Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer is one of the few female leaders in Silicon Valley but it seems that her staff are 62 percent men and only 37 percent women.
The statistics showed even less diversity when it came to different ethnicities with only 39 percent Asian, 4 percent Hispanic and 2 percent blacks- the rest were of course all white.
77 percent of Yahoo’s global leadership positions such as vice presidents were also all men.
The only positions that had a higher percentage of another race was the tech division which has 57 percent Asian workers.
Yahoo Development Officer, Jackie Reses defended the results however claiming, “These statistics are only a part of the story. We have a wide range of Employee Resource Groups that serve people of diverse backgrounds and are highly engaged in their respective communities.”
However, by releasing these statistics to the public, Yahoo does hope to shed some light on increasing diversity in Silicon Valley.
When Google released their statistics too, their People’s Operations Manager commented that the reason for the skew was mainly due to the fact that not as many women obtain Computer Science degrees and the percentage of blacks and Hispanics attending college was not as high.
These comments have been largely discredited however as outdated and “stereotyping”.