What's the Size of Tech's Gender Gap?

Visualize the Glass Ceiling in Some of the Most Influential Tech Companies.

Women are about 47% of the US workforce (2012). Yet, only 26% of the people employed in computer science and mathematical occupations, are female.
In major tech giants, the numbers seem to be even worse. Google's female techies are only 18% of all the company's tech employees. At Facebook, the ratio drops to 16%. And for Twitter it shrinks to 10%.

According to data crowdsourced by Tracy Chou, in 207 major software companies including Airbnb and Pinterest, women make up on average only 15.75% of the software engineering team.

In fact, this is close to the 18% of US women who got a BA in Computer Science in 2011, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. A study by the Computer Research Association reports a similar number for PhDs and 2013. 

But a look at historic data reveals an interesting trend. During the 80's, women computer scientists were over 30%, even peaking at 37%. 

This resource is a constant work in progress, which tries to organize multiple sources on the gender gap in tech and software engineering. From crowdsourced data, to official workforce diversity reports, to government statistics. (To read about our sources, click here). All the data is structured in a way that it allows users to visualize all the variables in custom visualizations, which are free to share and embed anywhere online.

How to Use This Silk: Browse the charts and maps below. Click "Explore" anywhere on the site to go into visualization and filtering mode. Search for individual pages or entities in the top search box. 

Last Update: August 18th, 2015. But check each company's page as some still refer have to publish 2015 numbers. Tracy Chou's data included here was retrieved on June 29th, 2015

Almost 50% of Yelp's overall workforce is female. One of the highest ratios officially reported by the tech companies publishing diversity stats. What this statistics hides is the fact that actually only one every 10 tech employees is a girl. And this is a grim number, which ranks Yelp as the least gender diverse company in Silicon Valley. Yahoo is not much better. With a 37% female employees, its workforce base is quite gender balanced. Yet women are only 15% of its tech workforce.

CrossCom, NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Cisco have the lowest percentage of female workforce. And women aren't more than a third of the overall workforce in 15 of the 26 companies who report the numbers. This includes giants like Microsoft (28%), Apple (30%), Twitter (30%), Google (30%) and Facebook (32%).

Pecentage of Women in Overall and Tech Workforce

Source: Official reports published by each company. Details here.

More female in the overall workforce doesn't always go hand in hand with more female tech employees. Twitter and Yelp, for example, both have less girl techies than their overall stats would make you expect. 

Tech and Overall Women in Workforce

Source: Official reports published by each company. Details here.

Women in Leadership and Tech Workforce

Source: Official reports published by each company. Details here.

Companies with more women leader's don't necessarily have more women employed in tech jobs. Twitter, for example, has 21% women in its leadership team. But only 10% of its tech employees are ladies. Pandora also has many female leaders (39%), but the number shrinks significantly to 18% for tech workforce.

SanDisk, Salesforce and Pinterest are the only three companies, out of 26, where gender diversity is (slightly) higher in tech than in leadership. Still, none has more than 20% female tech employees.

Visualizations datacards


We aggregated data from:

For more details about the data we have collected, and the sources for the different variables in the dataset, read  this page

How to Use This Silk: Browse the charts and maps below. Use the filters to customize the information shown. Click "Explore" anywhere on the site to go into visualization mode. Here you can change the type of chart, the variables plotted, and the filter options. When you see or create a graph you like, you can share it in a few clicks on social media. Or even embed the (responsive) graphs online in your blogs and articles. Search for individual pages or entities in the top search box.

Note

The statistics in this page are meant to give insights and raise awareness on the importance of having better transparency about the diversity of a companies' employees. They are not a big enough sample to be considered representative of the whole industry. 

They should however be interpreted as a "work in progress" in the documentation about this issue.

Also, Please note that different companies might differ in methodologies for reporting this data.

Made with Silk

Silk is a place to explore the world through data.Silk displays data as beautiful interactive charts, maps and web pages. Create your own free Silk now.