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Women grow at Facebook

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San Francisco, Aug 3: Globally, percentage of women working at Facebook increases from 33 to 35 in 2016 and technical department has risen by two per cent in the past year to 19 per cent, the company said.

According to a Facebook blog, women now make up 27 per cent of all new graduate hires in engineering and 21 per cent of all new technical hires at Facebook.

“We’re committed to building a more diverse, inclusive Facebook — and will remain committed. Much like our approach to launching new products on our platform, we are willing to experiment and listen to feedback. We want to highlight three programs in particular,” Maxine Williams, Global Director of Diversity at Facebook said.

In the senior leadership positions, women currently stands at more than 20,000.

In the US, Facebook has increased Hispanics from four per cent to five per cent and Black people from two per cent to three per cent.

“It’s complicated. This is a reflection of a lot of societal issues that are not specific to tech,” reported by Williams.

According to Williams, “only women earn technical degrees and much lesser minorities know about the potential to earn these degrees and work at a company like Facebook.”

“There’s the question of exposure of the tech industry to people who are traditionally underrepresented — the Bay Area is between three per cent and six per cent black,” she added.

“The more attention we bring to this, the more investment, and the more opportunities we provide, the better we’ll get as a country at increasing these numbers,” added Williams.

Wefornews Bureau

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