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Yahoo's diversity report reveals leadership is still skewed towards men

Though Yahoo is led by CEO Marissa Mayer, Yahoo is still predominantly male and white, according to new diversity stats released by the company.
By Ananth Baliga   |   June 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM   |   Comments

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 18 (UPI) -- Yahoo released a diversity report late Tuesday showing that a large majority of its tech workers and top management are male, despite having a female CEO.

CEO Marissa Mayer may be one of the few female CEOs to run a major tech company, but Yahoo continues to be a boy's club when it comes to its management and tech workers. The report showed that of its worldwide workforce 62 percent were male and only 37 percent were female.

According to data until June, half the Yahoo U.S. workforce is white, while Asians comprise 39 percent. Black and Hispanic workers account for a measly two and four percent respectively.

The company said that 85 percent of its technology staff is male as well as 77 percent of its leadership. Fifty-seven percent off its tech workers are white and 35 percent Asian, whereas 78 percent of the top management is white and 17 percent is Asian.

"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 the company's statement that accompanied the report.

There has been increased focus on the lack of diversity when it comes to technology companies in Silicon Valley. The report is surprising considering that Yahoo has had Mayer at the helm for last two years. Mayer replaced another woman CEO, Carol Bartz, in 2011 and the company has also had a female president, Sue Decker, for nearly two years before she left in 2009.

Google also released a diversity report last month that showed 70 percent of its staff was male, 61 percent were white and 30 percent were Asian.

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