eBay has more female workers than other tech giants

The e-commerce company has more than doubled the number of women in leadership roles over the past three years, but it still has some work to do on racial diversity.

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eBay has been striving to bring more women into its workforce over the past three years, and it appears these efforts have paid off.

The e-commerce company released stats on the diversity of its employees on Thursday, revealing that 42 percent of its global workforce is female. That's more than Pinterest (40 percent), Facebook (31 percent), Google (30 percent), and Twitter (30 percent), according to numbers published earlier by each of those companies.

What's more, eBay is showing more women in leadership positions than any other tech company that's recently published diversity figures. eBay's leadership is made up of 28 percent women, other tech companies leadership numbers hover around 20 percent.

"While we are committed to fostering all types of diversity, increasing the number of women in leadership roles has been an early focus," the company wrote in a blog post. "We have more than doubled the number of women in leadership roles and increased the share of leadership positions held by women."

Twenty-eight percent of women in leadership is better than other tech companies but is still a far cry from a fully equal workforce. eBay's stats on racial diversity for its US workforce are also better than other tech giants, but they're still pretty abysmal.

The e-commerce company's total US workforce is 61 percent white, 24 percent Asian, 7 percent black, and 5 percent Hispanic, according to the company. For positions in leadership, those numbers become even more stark, with only 2 percent black and 2 percent Hispanic.

eBay's diversity stats come on the heels of Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, and others also becoming more transparent about the diversity of their workforces. While making this information public is seen as a step toward greater diversity, the numbers still show that the tech industry is largely dominated by white males.

"We hope such transparency by eBay and other companies in our industry will help foster constructive debate, partnership, and progress," eBay wrote. "As our data shows, we have made progress in some areas. But we still have much work to do."

eBay said it will continue to publish its workforce diversity data on an annual basis.