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Google software engineer defends gender pay gap in leaked manifesto

Google software engineer defends gender pay gap in leaked manifesto

Though she faced instances of racism and sexism while at Google, she said she would not have expected any of her former coworkers to feel secure enough to broadly share a manifesto like this one.

Google was one of the first companies to make their workforce diversity data public.

The manifesto originally lays out the differences between the genders and races - the good and how it affects workplace performance - and then offers solutions on how Google can fix some of these problems instead of utilizing what's deemed as Progressive mandates in the workplace.

Outside commentators have also criticized the company-for instance, Slack engineer Erica Joy.

The engineer also feels it's more profitable not to pursue diversity agendas, writing...

Illustrating how Silicon Valley is grappling with the role of women in technology, Google's new diversity chief forcefully pushed back against a male worker's argument that a "politically correct monoculture" ignores differences in capabilities between the sexes.

He states that women tend to be more interested in people rather than things, "empathizing vs. systemizing", whereas men have a higher drive for status and so tend to end up in leadership positions.

Google brags about its workforce's diversity, despite it still being predominantly male. The 10-page document itself can be seen here after getting leaked to Gizmodo (despite Google's strict confidentiality policy), and you can see why there was some considerable uproar about its contents on Twitter. It specifically wants these expressions of beliefs to be prioritized over other forms of diversity.

"Political orientation is actually a result of deep moral preferences and thus biases". My larger point is that we have an intolerance for ideas and evidence that don't fit a certain ideology. The department alleged that the tech giant tried to restrict media coverage of the gender discrimination case.

Andrew Bonventre, who works on Google's Go programming language, called it a "garbage fire of a document" and "trash". By shaming, the writer might also mean the unconscious-bias training Google is implementing.

He says there should be psychological safety programs, as well as deescalating the importance of emphasizing on empathy, saying that Google should approach these issues from an "emotionally unengaged" standpoint.

Google's perceived political leanings also came under fire, with the author arguing that those with conservative views now have to "stay in the closet" to dodge open hostility.

Google vice president of diversity Danielle Brown wrote a memo on Saturday responding to the document. This manifesto of sorts has gone "internally viral", with many employees now awaiting Google's response.

She wrote that the document "advanced incorrect assumptions about gender" and that "it's not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages".



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