Silicon Valley Has Created An Asian Glass Ceiling, Says Study

White women are three times more likely than Asian-Americans, who make up a large portion of the tech workforce, to become executives at Silicon Valley's top firms

May 06, 2015 at 12:32 PM ET

Asian-Americans are underrepresented at the executive levels of some of the largest tech companies in American despite making up a significant portion—in some cases, 46 percent—of these companies’ workforces, according to a recent study.

According to the study, the “Asian effect,” is more than three times the “gender effect” when it comes to hitting the glass ceiling in the tech industry—in other words, white women are more than three times more likely to become executives than all Asians.

The “Hidden In Plain Sight” study, conducted by Ascend, a non-profit organization for Asian business leaders, looked at the the employment figures for Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, LinkedIn and Yahoo! and found that Asians makeup just 13 percent of executives, despite making up more than 27 percent of the professional workforce and 19 percent of the management in Silicon Valley.

The study determined that Caucasian men and women on average are 154 percent more likely than their Asian counterparts to become an executive at the five tech companies. At Intel, where 38 percent of its employees are Asian, Caucasians are  417 percent more likely to land themselves an executive role.

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