From Utah Public Radio, author Elise Hu sheds light on the disparity of women in science and technology. Females account for just 6% of the CEOs of top tech companies and only 8% of all venture-backed startup founders.
Some have suggested that Silicon Valley is a meritocracy, where the best and the brightest rise to the top, regardless of gender, race, wealth, or background. In fact, startup founders typically come from a very specific caste: white males from Stanford, Harvard or MIT.
“If the people solving tech problems are mainly white, male and privileged, then what problems aren’t they solving? Should one of the most influential forces of the global economy be driven by only the perspectives of a certain slice of our population?”