Facebook aims to promote gender equality, looks to double women staff

Facebook aims to promote gender equality, looks to double women staff
In its 2019 diversity report, the social network says it's looking to increase the percentage of women and minorities in its ranks.

Facebook aims to double the percentage of women working at the social network around the world over the next five years, while simultaneously doubling the number of black and Hispanic employees in the US.

The company stated the company's goals in a Tuesday blog post about its diversity efforts that showed the percentage of women in Facebook's ranks had inched higher last year.

Maxine Williams, Facebook's chief diversity officer referred to the goals as ambitious and incredibly important.

The annual diversity report showed women made up 36.9% of all Facebook employees, up from 36.3% in 2018. At the senior leadership level, women accounted for 32.6% of employees, up from 30% a year earlier.

Black employees made up 3.8% of the workforce, up from 3.5% a year earlier, while Hispanic employees were 5.2%, up from 4.9%.

Facebook has published its diversity report for six years, part of an effort to combat image of being male, white and Asian. Late last year, a former employee wrote that Facebook had a black people problem.