Twitter has been receiving some major backlash for their frat-themed company party last week. Due to the male-dominated landscape of Silicon Valley and the company currently undergoing a gender discrimination lawsuit, the party was ill-advised.
Interim CEO Jack Dorsey noted in a meeting last Thursday that diversity would be a “company-wide goal” going forward. However, as Twitter is a leader in the tech industry, it has not previously mandated that all teams focus on diversifying the company as a whole.
When Twitter embraced transparency last summer and made its diversity numbers public, it revealed that 70% of the company’s employees were male, and just 5% of its workforce was black or Latino. In the tech sector, things were even more bleak: 90% of workers were male, and a whopping 92% of tech employees were Asian or white.
Hopefully we can see Twitter focus on and encourage gender diversity in the tech space.