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Photo: Axios

The technology industry must become more equitable if it intends to solve its diversity problem, Tarika Barrett, CEO of Girls Who Code, said at an Axios virtual event on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Tech companies in the United States face a national reckoning on the lack of diversity in their workforce, with Black representation across Google, Facebook and Microsoft making up less than 7% of the workforce.

  • Black women and women of color have borne the brunt of harassment in tech and have been among the most willing to speak out, risking their next job in the field, Axios' Ina Fried writes.
  • Barrett also reiterated the importance of children seeing women of color in higher-level roles in tech companies so that "girls actually know that there's a pathway for them."

What they're saying: "We need to empower a pipeline of young people and girls of color to pursue the tech careers of the future," Barrett told Axios. "We always say that you can't be what you can't see."

  • "When you think about our girls, they learn in school and through culture about men like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg... but not about the women pioneers in the field," she added.

Watch the full event here.

Go deeper: Fixing the pipeline won't solve tech's race problem.

Go deeper

Diversity in children's programming lags, too

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Data: Common Sense Media; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

New research shows characters in TV shows and movies for kids significantly underrepresent people of color, particularly Latinos and Asians, despite efforts to increase diversity in children's and family programming in recent years.

Why it matters: Not being exposed to diversity "creates a normal for [children] that is not the real normal," said Polly Conway, senior TV editor for Common Sense Media, a children's advocacy group.

Unlikely coalition wants women to register for military draft

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

America's young women are on the cusp of a rite of passage that's been reserved for men until now: registering with the Selective Service when they turn 18.

Driving the news: Whether allowing women to serve in combat also means they should have to sign up for the military draft has been a debate for decades. Now, an unlikely coalition of feminists, veterans and conservatives could make it law as part of the Senate's expected passage of the National Defense Authorization Act.

Axios Investigates

Exclusive: Airbnb hosts Xinjiang rentals on land owned by sanctioned group

Data: Axios research, Airbnb, Australia Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre; Map: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Airbnb has more than a dozen homes available for rent in China's Xinjiang region on land owned by an organization sanctioned by the U.S. government for complicity in genocide and forced labor, an Axios investigation has found.

Why it matters: The listings expose Airbnb to regulatory risk under U.S. law. They also land yet another American tech company in the crossfire between the U.S. and China.