Facebook's numbers may be a call to action for an industry that has a reputation for keeping out women and people of color and where sexual harassment claims persist. Diversity hiring across the board remains modest, but onboarding a record number of women in the higher-paying tech job's sector is something to be celebrated.
The summer training program established a talent pipeline for raising and maintaining diversity hiring, and it created networks for those who attended. Without those networks, insular industries like tech can be notoriously unwelcoming for anyone trying to enter as a supposed outsider.
Last year, Facebook was charged with rejecting code from women more often than code made by men. Gober defended the company by explaining that code from lower-level employees is more likely to be rejected against coding from more experienced senior engineers, who are mostly men. A lack of women leadership is a problem all on its own, and reflects the industry's struggle to not only hire women but retain them.
So far, however, Facebook's strategy to overcome this seems to be seeing some success. Employers should review practices to avoid any appearance of bias — and will need to do so regularly.