Yahoo! Workforce Diversity Called Into Question As Company Reveals Demographics

It's not too often that you see technology firms reveal data on diversity in the workplace -- or lack thereof -- so kudos to Yahoo for stepping to the plate with a bunch of figures. In a blog post this week, Yahoo disclosed details about gender, ethnicity, and how they break down across technical and non-technical positions, as well as leadership roles across the company.

According to Yahoo's reported data, women comprise 37 percent of its workforce. In terms of race, half of Yahoo's workers are white, while 39 percent are Asian. Out of the remaining 11 percent, 4 percent are Hispanic, 2 percent are black, 2 percent are two or more races, and the rest are undisclosed.

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"These statistics are only a part of the story - Yahoo works to ensure that our existing employees feel welcome and supported during their time at the company," said Jackie Reses, Chief Development Officer at Yahoo. "We have a wide range of Employee Resource Groups that serve people of diverse backgrounds and are highly engaged in their respective communities. For example, Yahoo received a 100 percent Corporate Equality Index score and was named a 'Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.'"

There aren't many technology companies led by a woman, though Yahoo is one of them. Marissa Mayer has been Yahoo's CEO for the past 2 years, though as a whole, just 23 percent of Yahoo's leadership roles are filled by women. The gap is even wider when it comes to tech jobs -- the split between women and men is 15 percent and 85 percent, respectively. As for non-tech roles at Yahoo, women account for 52 percent of the jobs.

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