Google employee anti-diversity memo causes heated debate
Aug 08 2017
"The broader context of this is that this person is perhaps bolder than most of the people at Google who share his viewpoint-of thinking women are less qualified than men-to the point he was willing to publicly argue for it".
Unsurprisingly, the document has caused outrage amongst many employees at the liberal-leaning firm, with internal discussion boards set ablaze with debate.
In recent years, Silicon Valley has made strides towards improving gender and racial diversity, but it is still not the industry's strong suit. It was brought into the public domain by Motherboard after several employees tweeted their response to the document. In it, the author writes that there are "inherent physiological differences between men and women", which, he says, is the reason women are underrepresented in tech.
The company should end its programs created to encourage members of minorities and underrepresented groups from joining the company, because it's "lowering the bar".
Though the document supports arguments that have lead to many horrific historic events, the author goes to pains to reiterate that they do believe in diversity - just not the diversity Google wants.
The memo and backlash over its content, and what it means for the company has drawn a sharp response from Google's new head of diversity. "Alienating conservatives is both non-inclusive and generally bad business because conservatives tend to be higher in conscientiousness, which is require [sic] for much of the drudgery and maintenance work characteristic of a mature company".
Google is a huge organization, such kind of action from an employee representing gender inequality in the Anti-diversity manifesto was not expected.
Another employee wrote: "Imagine working at Google, getting paid all that money, just to spend your time writing a disgusting manifesto and sending it to your peers".
"We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company", said Brown, who became the new vice president for diversity at Alphabet Inc.'s Google last month.
Google has acknowledged the existence of the document, however, the actual author of the piece is yet to be identified.