Google vs gender diversity

Google vs gender diversity

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Google has fired the employee behind a gender-diversity memo for “perpetuating gender stereotypes”

Just about every department in Google has been in frenzy this week, with an internal document penned by a software engineer of the company, who has now been identified as James Damore, leaked to the public on Saturday.

The ten page document is a commentary on Google's diversity among employees; in particular the role gender plays in various positions throughout the company. The article claims that women have more interest in "people and aesthetics," and that men are generally more ambitious, explaining that the low number of women in "high stress jobs" is down to women having more "neuroticism."

Damore also brought biological makeup into the equation, stating that: "the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership." It's simple really, Dalmore goes on to say: "we need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism."

We'll give you a chance to take a deep breath and digest that / unclench your fists.

As you can imagine, Google were pretty quick to comment on the manifesto. Within hours, Google's new vice president of diversity, integrity and governance, Danielle Brown sent an email to employees explaining that the assumptions about gender in Damore's document were "not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages."

Google CEO, Sundar Pichai later wrote in a memo to his employees: "To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to our work is offensive and not OK."

Google were already skating on thin ice when it came to female representation within the company. Like many tech companies in Silicon Valley, Google's workforce is overwhelmingly male. Women make up just 20% of the workforce according to Google's most decent diversity report. Google is also currently involved in a legal battle investigating wage discrimination in the company.

Bloomberg is reporting that Damore has now been fired by the internet giant. The software engineer reportedly wrote an email saying that he had been dismissed for "perpetuating gender stereotypes."

While it is comforting to see these steps made to rectify the situation, it is very clear that Google still has a lot to answer for. 

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