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This article was published on June 2, 2017

Lyft bests Uber (and others) in latest diversity report

Lyft bests Uber (and others) in latest diversity report
Rachel Kaser
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Rachel Kaser

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Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

This week, Lyft released its first diversity report, accounting for the gender and ethnicity of its employees. And, for a tech company, it has a greater than average number of female employees.

According to the report, 42-percent of Lyft employees in total identify as female, and 36-percent of leadership. This gives it a leg up on its main competition, Uber. In the latter’s 2017 diversity report, 36-percent of its employees are female.

On the tech side, things are a little bleak. 15-percent of Uber’s tech employees are women, while Lyft’s numbers are slightly better at 18-percent. It’s not encouraging that so few of both companies’ engineers are female, overall. That said, in terms of overall diversity, Lyft is ahead of the pack.

Facebook‘s employees are 33-percent female. Apple, 32-percent. Google, 31-percent. Amazon and Twitter fare slightly better at 39- and 37-percent, respectively. According to Information is Beautiful, no company had an even split of men and women in 2016, though Pandora did come close at 48-percent. Only 5 out of 23 companies could beat Lyft’s current number of female employees.

Lyft says that the numbers aren’t ideal yet:

Today, the diversity of our team isn’t where we want it to be. But we know our destination, which is to make Lyft a reflection of the communities we serve. To get there, we have to acknowledge where we are today.

Still, it’s doing better than most, and measurably so.

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