Google is mostly run by white males. The company released its work diversity report on Wednesday, a first for the company, and says it is working to fix some of the diversity challenges it is facing. As you can see from the infographic, 61% of Google employees are White. 70% of Google employees are male. What is perhaps even more stark is that only 2% of Google employees are black, and roughly 3% Hispanic.
Laszlo Bock (Senior vice president, People Operations, Google): Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity.
There are lots of reasons why technology companies like Google struggle to recruit and retain women and minorities. For example, women earn roughly 18 percent of all computer science degrees in the United States. Blacks and Hispanics make up under 10 percent of U.S. college grads and collect fewer than 5 percent of degrees in CS majors, respectively.
On the bright side, Google says it is investing heavily on education. Since 2010 the company has given more than $40 million to organizations working to bring computer science education to women and girls. Google has also been working with historically black colleges and universities to elevate coursework and attendance in computer science.
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