Diversity in Silicon Valley: Slow Progress

Diversity in Silicon Valley: Slow Progress

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Boston Consulting Group, in an article on closing the diversity gap in Silicon Valley, notes there was no Silicon Valley company on DiversityInc's Top 50 list as of July 9, 2015.

In 2011, according to Census data based on the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS), the breakdown of U.S. workers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations was: 74% men, 26% women, 71% white, 15% Asian, 7% Latino, and 6% black (the data also show variations based on type of job within the field).

According to a 2014 USA Today analysis, for the leading technology companies that published diversity statistics in 2014, blacks made up 2% of technology workers and Hispanics 3%, but the analysis noted that "top universities turn out black and Hispanic computer science and computer engineering graduates at twice the rate that leading technology companies hire them."




Carlisle, Erica, Matthew Kropp, James Lowry, Michael Sherman, & Sanjay Verma, BCG Perspectives: Closing the Diversity Gap in Silicon Valley, Boston Consulting Group, July 9, 2015 (digital article).

Landivar, Liana Christin, Disparities in STEM Employment by Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin, American Community Survey (ACS) Reports, United States Census Bureau, ACS-24, Sept. 2013.

Weise, Elizabeth, & Jessica Guynn, Tech Jobs: Minorities Have Degrees, But Don't Get Hired, USA Today, Oct. 12, 2014 (digital article).