The story of a memo circulating inside Google continues to unfold, with the creator, James Damore, now submitting a grievance over being fired and giving an interview to an anti-feminist, right-wing YouTuber (Stefan Molyneux) who’s said some eyebrow-raising things at a males’s rights convention about how ladies are responsible for males’s violence. You realize, in case you have been tempted to consider the articles going around about how the memo wasn’t thinly-veiled sexism in itself.
Now, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has weighed in together with her ideas in a piece over on Fortune, whereby she explains the very actual, not-at-all biologically-based sexism that girls face within the tech business—an issue that gained’t be solved by dialing again precise work in direction of equality within the office in favor of methods Damore’s memo asserted wouldn’t be as “discriminatory” towards males.
Wojcicki’s feedback sound all too acquainted: “I’ve had my skills and dedication to my job questioned. I’ve been neglected of key business occasions and social gatherings. I’ve had conferences with exterior leaders the place they primarily addressed the extra junior male colleagues. I’ve had my feedback ceaselessly interrupted and my concepts ignored till they have been rephrased by males. Irrespective of how usually this all occurred, it nonetheless harm.” Damore’s memo paid lip service to the true issues of sexism in saying, “I worth variety and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse utilizing stereotypes,” however that was severely undercut by assertions made all through the remainder of the doc about what’s really holding ladies again and what sort of office variety coaching is useful.
Wojcicki additionally mentioned that, because of the memo, she needed to clarify to her daughter that it’s not true that there are organic causes ladies aren’t effectively represented in management positions within the tech business. Irrespective of Damore’s skinny assurances about his intent, the memo learn as yet another piece of ammo in a barrage of ladies being advised that the explanation they’re not succeeding is their very own fault slightly than the lingering results of an extended historical past of societal sexism that’s ridiculous to disregard. As Wojcicki wrote, “I assumed … how this was one more discouraging sign to younger ladies who aspire to check laptop science.”
Unsurprisingly, she defended Damore’s firing, writing, “Whereas individuals might have a proper to specific their beliefs in public, that doesn’t imply firms can’t take motion when ladies are subjected to feedback that perpetuate detrimental stereotypes about them based mostly on their gender. On daily basis, firms take motion towards staff who make illegal statements about co-workers, or create hostile work environments.”
(through The Verge, picture: Nicole Bridge on Flickr)
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