Friday, June 16, 2017

3 Ways Women of Color Can Get Ahead in Tech - HUFFINGTONPOST

by Dara Treseder
Originally published: June 14, 2017

Despite being lauded as the hotbed of progress and innovation, Silicon Valley has a way to go when it comes to diversity.

The business case for fostering a diverse workforce is well-established, yet companies throughout Silicon Valley continue to have a gender wage gap and employ a disproportionately large male workforce. Various companies have taken steps to correct discriminatory hiring, compensation, and career advancement practices, but we can do more. We must all come together to fight the battle against workplace gender bias of the “young boys’ club” known as Silicon Valley.

For women of color, the road to equality is fraught with unique obstacles. Our intersecting identities — gender and race, as well as other elements like age, sexual orientation, class, and religion — can multiply the judgments we face every day. Unfortunately, many of the gender-focused hiring and compensation strategies continue to underserve women of color.