Correcting the gender imbalance at Big Tech firms like Apple and Google could take more than a decade, even if those companies commit to making women a majority of new hires, Jennifer Saba writes at Reuters Breakingviews.
Why it matters: Silicon Valley faces unprecedented scrutiny from the public at large, and the male dominance at these firms is an increasing sore spot.
The big picture... "There’s one decisive way to make a difference: for companies to set clear gender targets when they hire."
By the numbers, per the Reuters calculator:
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"When J.J. Abrams was a 'Star Wars' novice, Lawrence Kasdan, the writer of 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'The Return of the Jedi,' had some advice for him: 'Star Wars' is not important," the AP's Jake Coyle reports:
“But what is important [about Star Wars is] the way people feel about it... And they are very committed to it. What they’re committed to is a certain kind of film... You can have fun with the tone but you never make fun of the tone, in my world... We live in a very meta culture and there’s a tendency to make fun of these things before they’re even anything.”— Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan