Leaders in tech are working hard to find ways of hiring and retaining more women in STEM-related jobs. However, in their pursuit to promote gender diversity in the tech field, these leaders often fail to consider other factors of discrimination, such as race. In 2016, a report from the National Center for Women & Information Technology revealed that white women hold 25% of computing jobs, while black and Hispanic women only hold 3% and 1%, respectively.
“We don’t really see the intersection of those [groups] and how those groups may be progressing or not progressing,” said Elizabeth Ames, Senior Vice President of Programs, Marketing, and Alliances at the Anita Borg Institute. In order to truly create diverse and inclusive work envirnoments, company leaders must focus on intersectionality and the different, multifaceted dimensions that affect their employees.