Pinterest is the first Silicon Valley company to publicly set concrete goals for diversity


When asked to address the lack of diversity in tech, a common refrain is that there just aren’t enough qualified women and minorities to hire.

But Pinterest has found that’s not exactly the case. After the pinboard social network decided last year to put serious effort into hiring women, it found that it was able to hire more women.

Progress has been modest, but over the past year the number of female engineering interns at Pinterest has increased from 32 percent to 36 percent, the number of entry-level female engineers hired right out of college increased from 28 percent to 33 percent and the number of female employees overall grew from 40 percent to 42 percent. 

Now Pinterest has made its diversity efforts accountable to the public, publishing today its internal goals for hiring women and minorities in 2016.

“Now that companies are regularly reporting their data, it’s clear not a lot of progress has…

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