Last night, Google released its employee diversity statistics, and the numbers totally stink. Max Nisen at Quartz writes:
According to the data, women make up 30% of the company’s total workforce, and 21% of its leadership. Only 17% of its technology employees are women. It’s data that the company hasn’t released before, and much more than others in the tech industry have made available.
Only 2% of the company’s total US workforce is black, and 3% is Hispanic.
In response to these numbers, Google says "we’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be—and that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution." They also link to google.com/diversity, which includes links to the requisite photographs of diverse groups of people. Let's hope they wouldn't announce these numbers without some sort of a clear plan to fix this problem.