A Google engineer posted his views on women engineers on an internal Google forum titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber”. He spoke about how women are less competent than men, and that Google should stop focusing on gender diversity.
In the essay, the unidentified male says that Google should stop its campaign to increase gender equality and diversity, and should focus instead on ‘ideological diversity’.
The engineer says that women do not make up half of the company’s workforce because of genetic differences in their abilities.
“These differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership,” the engineer wrote. “We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism.”
He says that Google’s efforts to bring more women into the fold have led to discriminatory practices against conservatives. He also says that others in the company agree with his views but “would never have the courage to say or defend because of our shaming culture and the possibility of being fired”.
Danielle Brown, Google’s new VP of diversity, integrity and governance said the essay “advanced incorrect assumptions about gender”.
“Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our values and the culture we continue to cultivate. 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,” she said.
Google is being investigated for systematically discriminating against women, and has been asked to hand over its salary records to the government in an ongoing investigation by the US Department of Labour.
The engineer’s essay is 10 pages long and is going viral on the internet. “Once we acknowledge that not all differences are socially constructed or due to discrimination, we open our eyes to a more accurate view of the human condition which is necessary if we actually want to solve problems,” he said. The essay is receiving a lot of backlash amongst Google employees, though there are many who are also taking the engineer’s side.
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