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Yahoo Diversity Data Familiar: Mostly White, Mostly Male

Of more than 12,000 employees at Yahoo, 62 percent are men and 50 percent are white.
Posted at 9:21 AM, Jun 18, 2014

Yahoo joins the growing list of companies revealing their employee diversity data.

In this chart posted on the company's blog, Yahoo breaks down its diversity data by self-reported gender and ethnicity categories. Of more than 12,000 employees, 62 percent are men and 50 percent are white. And in tech jobs and leadership positions, the white male majority is staggering.

It's important to note while companies are required to collect and report employee demographics to the federal government, they're under no obligation to share the information with the public. 

But a writer for Bloomberg says Yahoo and the rest of Silicon Valley are being pressured to reveal and improve employee diversity. 

The tech company says the stats are "only a part of the story" and pointed out it received a 100% Corporate Equality Index score from the Human Rights Campaign, a score used to rate "policies and practices pertinent to [LGBT] employees."

Yahoo's revelation follows other companies, like Google and LinkedIn who revealed fairly similar statistics — mostly white, mostly male.

USA Today says the statistics seem to be echoed across the whole of Silicon Valley, calling the demographic data a "stark lack of diversity."

And a writer for The New York Times seems unimpressed with the disclosures. "Silicon Valley companies are quick with excuses and slow — very slow — to disclose even the barest data about the problem."

But the outlet quotes a spokesperson for LinkedIn, who says these disclosures lead to discussion. "We believe conversation about the topic and action — and eventually change — can only occur if there is a baseline, if there is transparency in the first place." (Via The New York Times)

We would like to note Yahoo, whose company is run by a female CEO, does have a few redeeming statistics. In non-tech roles, women outnumber men by five percent and Yahoo's tech employees are predominantly Asian.