Facebook claims to be working on its hiring process by providing its recruiters with diverse training programs but still finds itself behind the curve. Facebook has a 90 percent white or Asian employment rate, while women only account for 15 percent of their technology staff.
The number of women working in technology has declined from 35 percent in 1990 to 26 percent in 2013 according to a study by American Association of University Women.
Recently, Facebook has tried to have more women and minorities work on their legal matters, but the number lingers at an embarrassing 33 percent.
“Those opportunities include serving as relationship managers and representing Facebook in the courtroom,” Facebook’s general counsel Colin Stretch said in an interview with the New York Times.
“We want to see them win our cases and create opportunities for women and people of color,” Stretch said. “We think the firms are ready.”
It is 2017; the firms and the world are more than ready to have an educated woman or person of color represent them. This minimal rise in numbers could be improved if Facebook hired women and minorities not just inside the courtrooms. Maxine Williams, global director of diversity at Facebook, released “Facebook Diversity Update: Positive Hiring Trends Show Progress” in 2016. The article boasts laughable improvements over the course of a year, like black people in non-tech position going from 3 percent to 5 percent and women in leadership positions going from 23 percent to 27 percent.
The opportunity gap would close a lot faster if companies like Facebook would seek to hire a more diverse staff. Representation in the industry will be seen once companies begin to cultivate inclusive working environments. The baby steps Facebook has taken are a start, but it is time for them to quicken the pace and start running to catch up with modern times.