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Uber Wants to Hire 1 Million Women

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Uber announced it will create 1 million jobs for women in the next five years.

The announcement by the ride-sharing app came this week as part of a partnership with UN Women, a United Nations committee which supports global gender equality and which promotes access to jobs, according to both Uber chief Travis Kalanick and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Uber's female drivers isn't large — only about 14 percent of its 160,000 U.S. drivers are female, but it boasts "hundreds of thousands" across the globe, Mashable reported.

Uber can afford to create jobs because its latest funding round brought the startup's valuation to $40 billion and it now operates in 290 cities since it began in 2009. Several of its male drivers have also been accused of sexual harassment and assault in recent months.

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