Friday, February 18, 2011

Obama meets White Silicon Valley

It's great that President Obama came to silicon valley to meet with the leading tech CEOs. But the lack of diversity in the leadership of the Valley is made even more stark when the President is half African-American.

Look a this "iconic" picture as Fortune dubs it. All white men except the President, Carol Bartz (the only one in color) and a blond woman with her back to the camera who does not even warrant a name. If we needed one more reminder of the need to recruit more women into technology and help them stay there (as the Anita Borg Institute does) this photo is it.

4 comments:

Sara Conrad said...

That is exactly what I thought when I saw this pic. First I was looking to see how Steve looks, but then I was like, ok, who are the women. One is the founder of Yahoo, but who is the other? The translator? The birth certificate checker? A plus one? One woman out of how many? Pathetic.

David Reyes said...

The blond woman whose back is to the camera is the wife of John Doerr, who hosted the party.

David Reyes said...

Also, there were three women at the dinner. The other is Valerie Jarrett, a senior White House adviser. The Wall Street Journal has an interactive graphic of who was there: search for 'John Doerr' at the WSJ homepage to find the graphic.

David Reyes said...

The woman whose back is facing the camera is Ann Doerr, wife of John Doerr, who hosted the party.

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