A screed from a Googler against the company’s diversity policies appears to be circulating internally at the company, .
Motherboard first , which Googlers condemned on Twitter. In it, the author of the “manifesto” appears to try to argue that the gender gap in technology is not a product of discrimination — but rather inherent biological differences between men and women in general.
“I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes,” . “When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions. If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem. Psychological safety is built on mutual respect and acceptance, but unfortunately our culture of shaming and misrepresentation is disrespectful and unaccepting of anyone outside its echo chamber.”
Update: It looks like Motherboard , Google’s new VP of Diversity, Integrity & Governance. Here’s part of what she says, according to Motherboard:
“Part of building an open, inclusive environment means fostering a culture in which those with alternative views, including different political views, feel safe sharing their opinions. But that discourse needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment found in our Code of Conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws.”
Brown also says that document is “not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages,” according to Motherboard.
Silicon Valley as a whole is within the startup ecosystem and at companies like Uber are becoming public. We’ve reached out to Google to verify the memo, as well as asked whether or not the company plans any kind of action in response to this. On Twitter, however, some Google employees are furious.
Internal article circulated at work today describing how gender rep gap in SW is due to biological differences btwn men/women.
— Sarah Adams (@sadams007)
That garbage fire of a document is trash and you are wonderful coworkers who I am extremely lucky to work with.
— Andrew Bonventre (@andybons)
Today’s rage-read (at work): doc essentially saying that women are unsuited for tech because they like people, whilst men like things.
— Aimee (@aimeeble)
Write a doc about how inferior women are, then try to be a hero by offering help to save the *vulnerable* 🤢🤢🤢 Still shaking in anger.
— Jaana B. Dogan 👀 (@rakyll)
The timing of this is kind of awkward as Google ending up . The document, reportedly titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” appears to have begun circulating in the company Friday night when Motherboard first reported the news.
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