The number of female employees at YouTube has increased from 24% to nearly 30%, according to CEO Susan Wojcicki.
Writing in an op-ed in Vanity Fair, Wojcicki said YouTube has “ramped up” its female hiring since she joined in 2014. “Clearly, we and other companies still have a lot of work to do,” she added. “I hope this is the year in which CEOs decide to take gender equality personally, give underrepresented groups the support they need, and use their positions to elevate more diverse leaders.”
Writing on the importance of addressing gender imbalance in the workplace, Wojcicki mentioned a time soon after she became YouTube’s CEO, when her name was left off the guest list of an important invitation-only conference for leaders in tech and media.
“I started to question whether I even belonged at the conference,” she wrote. “But rather than let it go, I turned to Bill [Campbell, the American businessman and Silicon Valley legend], someone I knew had a lot of influence and could help fix the situation. He immediately recognized I had a rightful place at the event and within a day he worked his magic and I received my invitation.”