Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Commends Social Media Giant for Taking Action in revealing Diversity Numbers in Recent Report

Jun 26, 2014
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (IL-01) released the following statement about a recent report released from social media giant Facebook:

“I applaud Facebook’s decision to release demographic data about its US workforce. These numbers show clearly that women and minorities are significantly underrepresented in its employee ranks – a fact that Facebook candidly acknowledges. (Facebook statement and numbers report:

“The publication of diversity employment data does not put Facebook and its peers in the most flattering light. But, importantly, Facebook recognizes that it has “a lot more” work to do to recruit, retain, and promote greater numbers of women and minorities, and that diverse teams enrich the workplace and associated work environments.

“These first steps may appear to be baby steps forward. But they can turn into full strides towards diversity, provided that Facebook and other companies that have made similar disclosures address these deficiencies earnestly, over a non-protracted timeframe and across their enterprises.

“I stand ready to work with and on behalf of those information and communications technology companies who make the diversification of their workforces a strategic and an enduring priority in years to come.”