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“We’re not where we want to be when it comes to diversity,” concluded Google in its recent and first workplace diversity report. The report showed that only 30% of the company’s worldwide employees are women, and, in the U.S., more than 60% of its employees are white.

These numbers reflect an uneven educational and professional supply. As Google noted on its blog,

There are lots of reasons why technology companies like Google struggle to recruit and retain women and minorities. For example, women earn roughly 18 percent of all computer science degrees in the United States. Blacks and Hispanics each make up under 10 percent of U.S. college grads and each collect fewer than 10 percent of degrees in CS majors.

Publishing these numbers is an important first step. As Google correctly highlights, “[I]t is hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts.”

However, the most important question is what Google and others will do with this data. Addressing the core drivers of our skewed technical workforce will require sustained attention and investment for many years to come.

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