Although the members of Silicon Valley are given tremendous credit for advances in technology, they are still an old boy’s network. Women and minorities are excluded regularly, leading some to accuse our leading minds of also leading the way on blatant racism.
The gender gap was accentuated when the head of a prominent venture capital firm filed a sexual harassment suit against the company, arguing that she was retaliated against by a colleague who was upset that she ended a physical relationship.
Less than 20 percent of bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science go to women, according to federal data. Jocelyn Goldfein from Facebook.com says that it’s getting tough to hire top talent from the US, especially among women. She says that much of this is due to a lack of role models for technologically-inclined women.
“The reason there aren’t more women computer scientists is because there aren’t more women computer scientists,” she said.
Facebook has been accused of a lack of diversity on its own board of directors, which consists of seven men, all white males. This is a problem, since the majority of Facebook’s users are women, and minorities are disproportionately represented as well.
Goldfein defends Facebook, by noting that many of the engineers behind it’s most prominent projects happen to be women.
“If they realize that when I click on a photo and it pops up, that was made by a woman, think how powerful that would be,” Goldfein said.
She doesn’t say much about black people. But then again, no one in Silicon Valley ever does.