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Netflix gains female, minority employees in first diversity report

Netflix released its first report on diversity and inclusion Wednesday, indicating it has made gains in staff representation in recent years.

Women now make up almost half of Netflix's workforce, with the percentage of female employees increasing 7 percent over a three-year span, from 40 percent in 2017 to 47 percent in 2019, the report shows

Black employees now make up 8 percent of Netflix's employee base, more than double its 2017 figure. The number of Hispanic employees also increased, from 6 percent to 8.1 percent, according to the analysis.

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In certain categories, however, gains lag behind.

Women still comprise less than under 35 percent of technical jobs at Netflix, and the company's number of Asian employees dropped by 2 percent.

In a short video, Netflix Vice President of Inclusion Strategy Vernā Myers said diversity and inclusion are "responsible for our ability to innovate." The video addresses the changes Netflix has made to be more inclusive, including initiating the use of gender-neutral language for non-English-speaking users.

—Updated at 10:06 p.m.