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Facebook Releases Workforce Diversity Numbers: Mostly Male, White, Asian


For the first time, Facebook released its workplace diversity figures. The numbers were made public Wednesday, in a blog post written by Global Head of Diversity Maxine Williams. The company is mostly male, white and Asian.

This public disclosure, of both gender and diversity statistics, follows the trend of other large tech companies, spurred by a late May release from Google. Since Google made its numbers public Chegg, LinkedIn and Yahoo also have released their workforce breakdown.

Sadly, Facebook’s numbers look a lot like the other four:

Globally, the company is 69 percent male, 31 percent female. In terms of ethnicity, the company is 57 percent white, 34 percent Asian, 4 percent Hispanic, 3 percent two or more races, 2 percent black and 0 percent other.

Scrutinized further, in the tech force of Facebook, 85 percent are male and 15 percent are female. In terms of ethnicity in the tech division, 53 percent are white, 41 percent are Asian, 3 percent are Hispanic, 2 percent are two or more races, 1 percent is black and 0 percent is other.

Globally, leadership is 77 percent male, and 23 percent female. Facebook’s leadership in the U.S. is also mostly white — 74 percent. Leadership at the company is 19 percent Asian, 4 percent Hispanic, 2 percent black and 1 percent two or more races.

The non-tech workforce is 53 percent male, 47 percent female, 63 percent white, 24 percent Asian, 6 percent Hispanic, 4 percent two or more races, 2 percent black and 1 percent other.

“As these numbers show, we have more work to do – a lot more,” Williams wrote.

Williams also stated that the company was working toward building a more diverse workforce. These efforts include partnering with organizations like the Anita Borg Institute, Girls Who Code, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Yes We Code.


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