There are no women on the boards of the biggest Web 2.0 companies, Kara Swisher at All Things D wrote yesterday, citing Zynga, Facebook, Twitter and Groupon.
It’s crappy to see that the hottest companies on the Web are still missing women at the top. But it’s hardly a shocker. According to research from the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology, women hold between 30 percent to 40 percent of all jobs in the tech sector, but just three to five percent of the high-profile roles at those companies.
Silicon Alley Insider ran with the perennially incendiary story today under the headline OUTRAGEOUS: No Women At The Top Of Web 2.0 Companies.
It’s nice to see SAI getting the message, having provoked some outrage of its own recently when it published its “100 Coolest People in Silicon Alley” list, which had just 12 women, in October.
That’s “a lotta white boys,” as The Wall Street Journal’s Katie Rosman noted on Twitter.
“Well, not to start a fight, but who’s fault is that?” tweeted SAI’s Henry Blodget [sic], who tends to come down on the “get over it” side of the feminist debate.
For a more thoughtful treatment of the no-women-in-tech issue, see Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s TED talk, below.
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