Twitter is now 38.4 percent female, compared to 37 percent in 2016, the micro blogging app announced. Regarding underrepresented minorities at Twitter, representation increased from 11 percent in 2016 to 12.5 percent in 2017.
At the leadership level, Twitter went from 30 percent female in 2016 to 32.5 percent female in 2017, and underrepresented minorities now account for 10.1 percent of employees at the leadership level, compared to just 6 percent in 2016. By virtue of this announcement, Twitter has met or exceeded its diversity and inclusion goals for 2017.
Twitter is now aiming to increase the representation of women, black and Latin people — groups that continue to be underrepresented in tech. Twitter is 3.4 percent black, 3.4 percent Latin and 38.4 percent female. By 2019, Twitter wants to be 43 percent female, 5 percent black and 5 percent Latin. They aim to achieve this by fostering respectful conversations, creating deeper human connections and encouraging diverse interactions across the company.
“We’re calling this strategy Intersectionality, Culture and Diversity (ICD) and we’re making it a part of everything we do at Twitter.”, says Twitter VP of ICD Candi Castleberry Singleton in a blog post.
Twitter will in addition set two-year goals to better enable Twitter to assess its progress, “develop specific programming, and adapt our strategies along the way.”