A look back on tech diversity and inclusion in 2016
The quest to achieve diversity and inclusion in the tech industry is still in full swing. In the past year, we’ve seen some progress made on the D&I front, but not without hiccups along the way. Believe it or not, people are still racist! And sexist! And homophobic! And transphobic!
Among leading tech firms in Silicon Valley, 57 percent of executive employees were white, 36 percent were Asian American, 1.6 percent were Hispanic and less than 1 percent were black, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity’s first-ever diversity in tech report, which came out in May. Among the total employed at top Silicon Valley tech companies, 47 percent were white, 30 percent were women, 41 percent were Asian American, 3 percent were black and 6 percent were Hispanic.
As yet another year comes to an end, TechCrunch is taking you on a little trip down memory, where you can relive the best and the worst moments in the tech industry’s attempt to diversify its workforce and include people of all different shapes, sizes, colors and abilities.
Slack became the first company to release stats on the intersection of race and gender
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to tell his employees to stop being so racist
Tech leaders stood up for LGBTQ rights
Intel's leadership team received threats over company's stance on diversity
Project Include launches
Airbnb laid out its plan to combat racism and discrimination on the platform
The ACLU revealed that police are increasingly using social media surveillance tools
Palantir denies accusations of racial discrimination in hiring process
Salesforce hired the tech industry's first-ever chief equality officer
Turns out the Anita Borg Institute struggles with inclusion
Just like Airbnb, Uber and Lyft have problems too