Some new, more diverse faces may soon be used for emoji symbols, after a push for more racial diversity earlier this year by smartphone users gained traction with developers. Continue reading
After a record number of young, unaccompanied migrants from Central America started to arrive in the U.S., the White House pledged millions of dollars to help address the problem where it started. The NewsHour’s P.J. Tobia examines U.S.-funded programs like community centers that are designed to decrease crime in and stem migration from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Continue reading
Xerox, a $22 billion company, is the first Fortune-500 corporation to have a female CEO. Its commitment to a diverse workforce began in the 1960s, when the founder pledged job opportunities for the African-American community. Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores how the effort to include and amplify multiple points of view has helped it survive and adapt to an ever-morphing market. Continue reading
In the early 1990s, Xerox wasn’t just a company. “To Xerox” was a verb, reflecting the company’s singular focus on producing copying machines. But faced with competition from digital imaging, Xerox has had to change their focus; they’re now in the business of client services. One reason they were able to weather that transition, says Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, is the diversity of their ranks. Continue reading
Twitter released the gender and ethnicity make-up of employees Wednesday, and by their admission, there is room for improvement.
In a new internal report released exclusively to the NewsHour, Google reveals that women and minorities have been largely left behind in their tech workforce. The disclosure comes amid increasing pressure for Silicon Valley companies to disclose their records on diversity. Gwen Ifill talks to Google’s Laszlo Bock, Vivek Wadhwa of Stanford University and Telle Whitney of the Anita Borg Institute. Continue reading
In an industry that has been famously guarded about its workplace diversity, Google on Wednesday disclosed its record when it comes to hiring women, African-Americans and Hispanics. The data reveals statistics that the company itself admits are too low and strikingly below other industry averages. Women comprise just 17 percent of its global tech workforce, according to data Google published on its website and released exclusively to the PBS NewsHour. When it comes to leadership, women only account for 21 percent of the top positions in the company, which has a workforce of just under 50,000 people. Continue reading
Silicon Valley companies justify their dearth of women technologists by claiming that there just aren’t enough to go around. And employee data from Google released Wednesday prove that the technology behemoth is no different; only 17 percent of its technology positions are held by women. This is disappointing and there are no excuses for it. Luckily there are tried and true measures to recruit and keep quality women engineers. Continue reading