By Ed Diokno
NBC’s Today Show launched a special series this week titled The Women of Silicon Valley. To start the series hosted by Natalie Morales, the Today Show interviewed two Asian American women whose actions were instrumental to bringing high-tech’s gender gap issue to the forefront, Tracy Chou and Isis Anchalee.
Despite the few highly visible women executives past and present, such as presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, who at one time headed up Hewlett Packard, and Marissa Mayer, who is Yahoo’s CEO, women have been highly underrepresented in the industry as a whole.
It wasn’t until Chou asked for the hiring data from her own company, Pinterest, did the industry begin talking about the inequality within Silicon Valley. Since then, the industry giants such as Yahoo, Google, Facebook and others conduct their own surveys. Lo and behold, their data confirmed the gender gap and lack of diversity.
For video report on Chou, click here.
(Ed Diokno writes a blog : Views From The Edge: news and analysis from an Asian American perspective.)