Uber Pledges To Create 1 Million Jobs For Women In 5 Years

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 03/10/2015 | 06:00 PM EDT

Ride-hailing app plans to add more female drivers in a male-dominated industry

Like in most professions, men overwhelmingly dominate the taxi-driving industry. Uber, however, is on a mission to change that and has promised to put more women behind the wheel, according to the Huffington Post.


The ride-hailing app had pledged to create 1 million driver jobs for women by 2020. The company made the announced via a blog post on its website with a statement written by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of UN Women, which aims to economically empower women around the world.


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"Driving on the Uber platform allows women to set their own schedules," Uber’s spokesperson told HuffPost. "With Uber, there is no gender-based wage gap: men and women earn equally on the platform."


Currently, only about 14 percent of Uber's 160,000 drivers in the U.S. are women.


But Uber isn’t the first driver app to focus its attention on hiring more women.


The service, SheRides, lets passengers use an app to request female drivers. The app is based in New York City, where nearly 99 percent of taxi drivers are men.


Uber, however, said that women passengers won't be able to specifically request a woman driver.

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