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Google is fighting with itself over an internal anti-diversity memo

Google is fighting with itself over an internal anti-diversity memo

A memo from a senior software engineer that went "internally viral" at Google last week titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber" reportedly laid out a manifesto for why women are less well suited for engineering work, and why the company doesn't need programs to recruit racial minorities either.

According to the memo, the Google's engineer complained that the disparity between the number of men and women employed is because of biological differences between the two sexes. He goes on to claim that not all representation disparities are caused by oppression and hence can not be rectified by oppression, likely referring to a number of the company's efforts to hire more women in tech and software engineering in particular.

The essay argues that Google should stop its campaigns to increase gender and racial diversity and focus instead on "ideological diversity". He also suggests that the company's dominant leftist culture has alienated political conservatives inside and outside the organization by deemphasizing viewpoint diversity.

Following the heated debate that surrounded the memo both inside and outside Google, the company's new Vice President of Diversity, Integrity & Governance, Danielle Brown, issued a statement saying, "Many of you have read an internal document shared by someone in our engineering organization, expressing views on the natural abilities and characteristics of different genders, as well as whether one can speak freely of these things at Google". Gizmodo obtained and published it in full after this story went live.

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We've reached out to Google for comment, and will update if we hear back.

She stated that diversity and inclusion are fundamental and will be cultivated no matter what, this being the way to success.

Conservative at Google writes sexist manifesto demanding end to inclusion of women and PoC.

Numerous Google employees voiced their outrage over the existence of the document, and indicated that the author's management chain and HR have been made aware of it.

Pay for women in tech has also lagged behind men's compensation. "But that discourse needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment found in our code of conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws". A former anonymous employee stated that working at Google felt like being between some employees that thought diversity lowered the bar. Significantly, the company is being investigated by the Department of Labor for its severe gender pay gap.

Several Google employees on Friday tweeted about the document with Motherboard having seen screenshots of the 10 page Google Doc that was shared on a company mailing list.

The vice-president of engineering at Google, Ari Balogh, also weighed in on the latest furore with an internal memo criticising the manifesto.


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