THEY SAY: “We only hire the best and the brightest”

YOU ASSUME: "Women, Blacks and Hispanics aren't interested in the sciences--or aren't prepared to take these classes. As technical professionals age, they can't keep up with new technologies."

A:

WHAT THEY ARE HIDING:

  • In 2000, women made up 43% of the computer workforce; Blacks made up 12.9%.
  • Black Computer Science graduates essentially reached parity in 2006; no longer can they be dismissed as an “under-represented minority”. (1) 

    African Americans earn more computer-related degrees than Asians or Hispanics.[8]

    • In 2010, 4,565 Bachelor’s degrees were awarded to African Americans in computer and information science.  African Americans earned 1,193 more Bachelor’s degrees than Asians and 1,623 more than Hispanics.
    • Also in 2010, African American students earned 1,324 Master’s degrees in computer and information sciences.

    - See more at: http://dpeaflcio.org/programs-publications/issue-fact-sheets/impact-of-guest-worker-visas-on-african-american-stem-workers/#sthash.TZJNpbcV.dpuf

    The AFL-CIO reports that more

    African Americans earn more computer-related degrees than Asians or Hispanics.[8]

    • In 2010, 4,565 Bachelor’s degrees were awarded to African Americans in computer and information science.  African Americans earned 1,193 more Bachelor’s degrees than Asians and 1,623 more than Hispanics.
    • Also in 2010, African American students earned 1,324 Master’s degrees in computer and information sciences.
    - See more at: http://dpeaflcio.org/programs-publications/issue-fact-sheets/impact-of-guest-worker-visas-on-african-american-stem-workers/#sthash.TZJNpbcV.dpuf
    African Americans earn more computer-related degrees than Asians or Hispanics - See more at: http://dpeaflcio.org/programs-publications/issue-fact-sheets/impact-of-guest-worker-visas-on-african-american-stem-workers/#sthash.TZJNpbcV.dpuf
    African Americans earn more computer-related degrees than Asians or Hispanics - See more at: http://dpeaflcio.org/programs-publications/issue-fact-sheets/impact-of-guest-worker-visas-on-african-american-stem-workers/#sthash.TZJNpbcV.dpuf
  • African-Americans receive more computer-related degrees than Asian or Hispanic Americans, yet in these fields, African-American employment is actually declining instead of increasing, according to the AFL-CIO.
  • Women received 37% of the Computer Science degrees in 1987.  Yet only about 25% are working as software developers.

Tech companies can find highly-skilled women and Blacks by stopping age and national origin discrimination.

(1) "Blacks Break through in Computer Science" by Theresa Sullivan Barger and Eric Addison, NSBE Magazine/Career Engineer, 2008, National Society of Black Engineers

 


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