Uber releases a new diversity report as Arianna Huffington and Eric Holder are reshaping a male-dominated corporate culture.
Uber just released its diversity report, and the Silicon Valley darling is actually doing better than several of its counterparts.
The ride hailing company has been in the hotspot recently, following a blog post by a female former engineer that alleged she was sexually harassed by her manager and punished by Uber when she reported it. Former Attorney General Eric Holder is leading an investigation into the harassment claims. Board member Arianna Huffington has recently been tasked with reforming the allegedly misogynistic corporate culture.
The recently released report—Uber’s first public overview of its workforce—gives more ammunition to critics. Globally, women make up just 36% of Uber employees and hold only about 15% of the engineering jobs, some of the best paid gigs in Silicon Valley. About half of Uber’s U.S. workforce is white, with African-Americans making up 8.8%. Asians comprised about a third of the company’s American employees.
“The best way to demonstrate our commitment to change is through transparency,” said co-founder Travis Kalanick, according to CNBC.
While the statistics underscore how Silicon Valley is dominated by white and Asian males, Uber is actually doing a bit better than several other tech giants. For instance, 52% of Facebook’s workforce is white and only 33% female. Women make up less than a third of Google’s workforce. One of the better performers on the gender front is actually Amazon, where almost 40% of workers are female (This is partly due to women holding almost 45% of lower-paying jobs in the company.)
Media entrepreneur Huffington has emerged as the public face of Uber’s bid to clean up its machismo-infused culture and has said that she will hold the company’s “feet to the fire.” In the report, Uber also detailed several steps it is taking to reshape its demographics. The company is spending $3 million to help organizations focused on bringing women and underrepresented minorities into the tech world, as well as sending recruiters to higher education institutes where Latino and African Americans make up a larger share of the population.
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