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  • Apple Seeks to Resolve Silicon Valley Gender Gap


    In a recent attempt to help resolve the Silicon Valley gender gap, Apple alongside several other tech giants sent “hundreds” of employees to recruit students attending this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. Bloomberg reports that many tech giants are pushing for workplace diversity and sending recruiters and other personal from the tech giants are attending the three-day event to help with new hires.

    The conference is named in honor of Grace Hopper, a pioneering computer scientist credited with developing COBOL. For those of you who didn’t know, COBOL was one of the world’s first modern computer programming languages. Furthermore, this year’s conference is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

    According to the publication, a gender gap at many Silicon Valley companies has driven attendance to a record 8,000 people including academics, corporate players and students. The publication also revealed previously that among the top ten companies, women only held between 10% and 27% of technology-centric jobs. Many human rights groups criticized the companies for having a lack of diversity among top executives. The Cupertino California company revealed that 70% of its 98,000 global employees are male. Tim Cook wasn’t satisfied with the numbers and pointed out that Apple is working to improve conditions.

    Cook said the following in an open letter on diversity regarding the matter:

    Our definition of diversity goes far beyond the traditional categories of race, gender, and ethnicity. It includes personal qualities that usually go unmeasured, like sexual orientation, veteran status, and disabilities. Who we are, where we come from, and what we've experienced influence the way we perceive issues and solve problems. We believe in celebrating that diversity and investing in it.
    He continued by naming new female executives such as SVP of Retail, Angela Ahrendts, environmental chief, Lisa Jackson and head of global HR, Denise Young-Smith. Furthermore, Apple also posted Susan Wagner to its board of directors in July. As far as new female hires, Apple previously announced it was working with the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) on the non-profits Pacesetters program, which sets out to fast track 3,5000 women in the US tech industry by 2016.

    It appears that Apple seems to be looking to resolve the issue and it’s likely that the other tech companies will do the same. It’s a good time to be a woman in the field of technology right now.

    Source: Bloomberg via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Seeks to Resolve Silicon Valley Gender Gap started by Akshay Masand View original post
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      Am I the only one who feels that that while diversity is good, the fact that virtually all STEM college students are male makes this difficult? It's not the companies' faults for having 70% male employees if 70% of possible recruits are male. Instead of looking at percent within the company, perhaps they need to look at the gap between the number of technology related female grads and the number hired. If they want more gender diversity in tech companies, recruitment needs to start down in the college and maybe even high school level.