As per a recent report, a memo circulated inside the Google office last week focused on the under-representation of women in technology and leadership and suggested that it is basically due to biological causes.
The memo has been sent by an unnamed engineer and two Google executives have criticized it by now. The memo was roughly around 3,000-words. Inside the memo it was stated,
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.
The memo’s circulation in no time became the burning matter for debates and discussions. It is a well known fact that Silicon Valley is a highly male-dominated area and time and again women have been harassed, assaulted and discriminated. The recent case of harassment is that at Uber Technologies Inc.
Google, which is currently the world’s largest search engine and a unit of Alphabet Inc, hired a new vice president of diversity, integrity and governance, Danielle Brown. Brown took the matter in her hands and sent a memo in response to the engineer, stating,
It advanced incorrect assumptions about gender. 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.
Google Vice President, Aristotle Balogh, also commented and slammed the employee’s memo, saying,
Stereotyping and harmful assumptions could not be allowed to play any part in the company’s culture.