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Only 1 of every 285 Asian women is an executive in Silicon Valley companies.
That was among the key findings of a new analysis which uncovered a glaring imbalance between the number of Asian technology workers in non-management jobs and the number in leadership positions in Silicon Valley.
The report analysed 2013 employment data of five major Silicon Valley-based companies —Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, LinkedIn, and Yahoo.
It highlighted that white men in these companies are 42% more likely than white women to be an executive.
When compared to Asian men, however, that number increases to 149%.
To make things worse, white men were also found to be 260% more likely than Asian women to be an executive in Silicon Valley.
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“Only 1 of every 285 Asian women is an executive, less than half the ratio for the entire workforce of 1 executive per 118 professionals,” the report stated.
It added that while both race and gender are factors contributing to a glass ceiling in Silicon Valley, the impact of race is 3.7 times more significant than the impact of gender as a negative factor for the Asian workforce.
“The common assumption is that Asians are successful since so many of them already work in Silicon Valley companies,” said Janet Wong, a former partner at KPMG and study co-author.
“We believe this huge disparity is attributable to the clash between elements of traditional Asian culture and American corporate culture, specifically gaps in awareness, expectations, role models, and behaviour,” she added.
Have you observed the presence of a glass ceiling in companies such as Google, LinkedIn and Yahoo? Do give us your opinions below.