Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Google's Most Honest Memo On Men and Women

Google Employees
Google executives responded to a 10-page internal memo that criticized the search giant for its efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in its workforce.

In the memo, which circulated on an internal company network and was first reported by Motherboard and published in full by Gizmodo last 5 August, the writer attributes gender inequality in the male-dominated tech industry to biological differences between the sexes.

"Distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and ... these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership," the author wrote.

The memo also highlighted the bias on what it referred to as a "left-leaning" workplace culture at Google and urged the firm to "stop alienating conservatives."

The employee memo, titled "Google's ideological echo chamber," comes as the company fights a wage-discrimination probe by the Department of Labor, which said it found evidence that the search giant often pays women less than their male counterparts. Google has denied those allegations.

In an email to employees, Danielle Brown, Google’s newly appointed vice president of diversity and integrity, acknowledged the memo and said it may not be totally wrong.

"Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our values and the culture we continue to cultivate," Brown wrote. "We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company, and we'll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul."

"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," Brown added.

Aristotle Balogh, Google's vice president of engineering, tried to rebuke the memo in a separate email to employees, but failed miserably.

Most Google employees spoke out in support of the original memo. The memo’s author claims that he continue to received support and praise from fellow employees all over the world who are afraid to defend him publicly.

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