Facebook Diversity Update: Modest Gains for Women, Hispanics, African Americans

7 percent of Facebook employees identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender or asexual


Facebook global director of diversity Maxine Williams Wednesday reported modest percentage gains by women, Hispanics and African Americans in the company’s work force.

Williams said in a Newsroom post that:

  • The number of women globally at Facebook was up to 35 percent in 2017 from 33 percent in 2016.
  • The number of women in tech positions rose to 19 percent from 17 percent last year.
  • Women now make up 27 percent of all new graduate hires in engineering and 21 percent of all new technical hires.
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