In May, we issued a blog discussing the poor track record established by Silicon Valley when it comes to hiring women. We explored the reasons, shared their corrective action plans, and promised to monitor their performance against these commitments.
Apple hired 65% more women in 2014, compared to its 2013 hiring. While the company has a long way to go, there is no doubt that it is going in the right direction and actually showing some progress in doing so. Apple currently has 31% of its workforce consisting of women. If we go into further detail, we find the following statistics, all of them showcasing growth in the number of women working with Apple.
Other technology giants offer similar diversity statistics with HP at 33% (a number which may see a revision once the proposed layoffs happen), Intel at 24% and Microsoft at 28%. While progress is being made, the diversity numbers of Apple and other high tech giants may not be a big cause for celebration.
There are indications from other quarters that women are making their presence felt in the IT industry and overcoming the innate biases held against them. We believe that these factors are contributing to their progress:
Some positive workplace changes, which could help workplaces progress along this path, would include:
Irrespective of gender, people fail when they lack the required confidence, support and determination to succeed. Apple and other high tech companies have shown progress in making good on their commitment to hire more women. That’s a great first step. Equal focus must now be on creating an environment in which these talented women can succeed. The very name of this industry – high tech – connotes innovation, forward thinking, and the ability to solve problems using new approaches. Over the past five decades, this industry has solved unsolvable problems, introduced unimaginable products, and revolutionized all aspects of our lives. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that these companies would be able to resolve the issue of sub-optimizing 50% of the workforce? DCR will continue to monitor and report on their progress.
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