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Diversity & Inclusion

2019 Report: The State of Diversity in Tech by Skillcrush

As we kick off 2020, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the state of diversity in tech: where we are now, and how we can improve in the future. Our friends at Skillcrush wanted to dive deeper to better understand the current state of diversity in tech, so they designed a survey that would do just that.

You've probably seen the stats. Stats like:


So obviously there are problems with diversity and inclusion in the tech world. BIG problems. It doesn't matter if we're focusing on: race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disabilities, age, parenting or caregiving status

The tech field simply isn't doing enough to be inclusive.

Skillcrush surveyed over 600 women and nonbinary individuals about what they think about diversity and inclusion in the tech world. What are their career goals? What does diversity and inclusion mean to them? What barriers have they experienced in the tech world and how can we help?

Their answers were surprising. They were upsetting. And, at times, they were incredibly frustrating to read.

Answers like:

  • "I think it is even harder for [women of color] to feel accepted and welcomed in the tech culture,"
  • "I definitely felt like I was looked at as not as smart as male coworkers,"

And the nearly 70% of respondents that believe the tech world has a motherhood penalty.

But there was also optimism sprinkled in their responses that can motivate underrepresented groups and allies to keep fighting to create a better experience for anyone who's ever felt marginalized in the tech world.

Whether good, bad, or somewhere in between, we hope these insights will help further the conversation and encourage action around diversity and inclusion within the tech industry.

>> Get the complete report here.

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We know many of you are searching for job opportunities that are flexible and can allow you to grow professionally while still taking care of other priorities.

Hear Verónica Lopez's story, where she tells us how she found her dream job at DigitalOcean, and what it means for her quality of life to be able to bring herself to work every day.

Why are you looking for a remote opportunity? Leave us your comment below!

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