Maxine Williams, Facebook’s global head of diversity, recently wrote “It has become clear that at the most fundamental level, appropriate representation in technology or any other industry will depend upon more people having the opportunity to gain necessary skills through the public education system.”  According to Facebook, this issue includes the fact that “‘In 2015, seven states had fewer than 10 girls take the Advanced Placement Computer Science exam and no girls took the exam in three states. Black people took the exam in nine states including Mississippi where about 50% of high school graduates are Black, and 18 states had fewer than 10 Hispanics take the exam with another five states having no Hispanic AP Computer Science (CS) test takers.”  

Not all readers of the Facebook blog post agreed with the argument that a failure in High School education is the premise for a lack of minorities and women in tech.  Leslie Miley, director of engineering at Slack, called the post a “fucking insult.”