Facebook displays disappointing gender diversity statistics in its latest report, proving that its policies on the matter are not strong enough just yet.
Facebook publicly displays its gender diversity numbers, in an attempt for absolute transparency. And as this year’s numbers came in, there was proof of progress, but only a very feeble progress.
Last year’s numbers showed that Facebook’s employees are 69% male and 31% female and the company promised to work on its policies and to put gender equality at the core of their development strategies. When this year’s report came out, it was revealed that not much has changed however, as Facebook currently has 68% male employees and 32% female.
The social network company has admitted that it needs to put additional effort into repairing this matter, as the measures that they have employed so far have not led them to the effects they were expecting to see.
On the other hand, the fact that there is progress proves that Facebook is on the right path. It is expected that the male-female ratio will shift, but it is understandable that it will require quite some time to even out. Replacing current males employees be replaced by female employees, with the sole purpose of increasing the number of women in the workplace would be inadmissible.
Furthermore, while it is admirable that Facebook will bare in mind that it needs to add more women to its company, this cannot be the sole criteria or even the one that bares the greatest wight in the process of making the decision to hire a new candidate or not. Such a conduct would prove to be extremely sexist.
Therefore, the fact that the ratio has started to shift is much more important than it might seem initially. That 1% shift proves that the change process has been put into motion and that future reports will be more and more favorable to gender equality criteria.
Facebook’s report also included a classification of its employees according to race and it seems that this is a field that they will have to add improvements to as well. Overall, it seems that there is a white majority of 55% of the employees, followed by 35% Asian employees and 10% employees of other races.
This white majority was also present in the Tech Department’s separate assessment, with 51%, followed closely by Asian employees with 43%. Unfortunately, in this department only 6% of the employees were other races.
In the Non-Tech Department, the white majority is considerably more noticeable, with 62%. While only 24% of these employees were Asian, the other races has a more solid presence with 12%.
However, in Facebook’s Senior Leadership Department the situation is rather self explanatory, with 73% white employees, 21% Asian and only 7% of other races. This was the only category that included other races than Hispanic, Black and mixed races, in a proportion of 1%.
Facebook’s diversity reports point towards a white male diversity in their company, and while that might be an aspect that could easily be subjected to criticism, it is admirable that the social media company has laid its results out in the open.
By providing transparency to its company’s strategy, Facebook proves that it has the intention of making a change for the better. Therefore, the results will begin to appear gradually.
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