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An internal memo drafted by a senior Google engineer has drawn furious backlash after he shared his document with fellow employees in response to the company’s diversity programs.

The memo speaks against the idea that any of Google’s practices are sexist, even though the company is currently facing lawsuits regarding alleged pay discrimination by the U.S. Department of Labor. The memo denies any sort of wage gap between men and women due to anything regarding their genders, but claims men have a higher drive for leadership positions, and suggests women are more prone to stress than males.

The 10-page memo, which was obtained by gizmodo.com, also suggests that conservatives are more fit for the industry they’re in. One excerpt says, “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.”

In the memo, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” the author argues that women are underrepresented in tech not because they face bias and discrimination in the workplace, but because of inherent psychological differences between men and women. “We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism,” he writes, going on to argue that Google’s educational programs for young women may be misguided.

Danielle Brown, Google’s vice president of diversity, integrity and governance, tried to mop after the mess in a statement that dismisses the entire memo: “It’s not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages. 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.”

 

Terry Shropshire

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  • Tom Graham

    Terry Shropshire – Way to mis-categorize the memo. The memo goes out of its way to say that the author is all for diversity of sex, political affiliation, race, and any other category.
    However, it does criticize Google’s programs that exclude all but a single race or a single gender.
    It also states that their is a physical difference between men and women that should not be ignored, and that those physical differences express themselves as women, in general, tending to be more agreeable, empathetic and tend to want to work with people. Men on the other hand, in general, tend to be more competitive and want to work with things. These statistical facts are true throughout history and throughout the entire human population.
    That being said, the article acknowledges that there is plenty of overlap, lots of men are more empathetic than lots of women, and lots of women are more competitive than lost of men. BUT it’s important to recognize that those are the outliers, and outliers do not disprove the statistical fact.

    I have a feeling you are an exceptionally emotionally driven author who doesn’t put much time into looking up pragmatic facts.

  • #that so called president :)

    AND SOOO WHAT!

    Let
    me explain… I think we all know, this was some backwards individuals
    opinion. I have a daughter, and granddaughter, I’ve always told them
    “you can do anything a man can do” if they set their minds to it! Let
    the fool talk.

  • ssara2cool

    Guess the “senior official” won’t be working for google anymore