On Aug. 5, news broke that a Google engineer had sent around a 10-page memo to fellow employees that detailed reasons he was skeptical of gender biases in the tech industry, specifically at Google. He claimed that women are biologically less pre-disposed to tech industry jobs.
Beyond it being wildly unprofessional to send a memo on one's personal beliefs on gender diversity in the workplace, it's clear that Google, one of the largest tech companies in the world, has a major problem.
Sigh, another tech company, another gender diversity scandal. When will it end? It's important to highlight the fact that this screed comes out of an industry that was pioneered by women. Women were some of the first people to work as coders, back when the job was seen as something more secretarial than one with clout. Women like Grace Hopper, Ada Lovelace, Jean Jennings Bartik and Kathy Kleiman revolutionized the industry.
- Alicia McElhaney / She Spends Issue #15