Thursday, March 30, 2017

Tech is overwhelmingly white and male, and white men are just fine with that - QUARTZ

by Keith Collins 
Originally published: March 29, 2017
Publisher: Quartz.com 

Women make up about half of the workforce in the United States, but they only hold a quarter of computer- and math-related jobs. Black and Hispanic workers hold only 15% of those jobs, even though their share of the American workforce is nearly double that. And new survey data suggests that as far as the tech industry is concerned, those breakdowns are just fine.

The industry’s attitude toward diversity was made plain in this year’s global survey of developers conducted by Stack Overflow, the popular question-and-answer website for programmers. The website polled 11,445 respondents in the US, 85.5% of whom were men, and a majority of whom were white. When asked how important the overall diversity of a company is when determining whether they want to work there, respondents scored the issue, on average, 1.9 out of 5, making it their least important consideration.