Tech and advertising giant Google is trying to dodge some bullets as one of its engineers expressed his disdain at the company’s attempts to put more women and minorities in a letter.
The engineer who wrote the letter says he is just voicing much of what a lot of other people think and feel, but are too afraid to say anything about.
They fear to be politically incorrect or labeled as a racist, misogynist and a list of other adjectives.
The letter goes on to talk about the right and left bias that makes up some of our society, and to which contribute to women being held back in leadership positions within the tech industry.
The letter goes on to talk about Google’s bias towards a certain gender or race by offering programs specifically to meet their needs which are not fair.
He also seems to offer suggestions on how to straighten out the imbalance within Google’s corporate culture. He feels that discriminating against other genders just to accommodate women is a bias in itself.
Here is just one small excerpt from the 10-page manifesto:
Women, on average, have more:
- Openness directed towards feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas. Women generally also have a stronger interest in people rather than things, relative to men (also interpreted as empathizing vs. systemizing).
- These two differences in part explain why women relatively prefer jobs in social or artistic areas. More men may like coding because it requires systemizing and even within SWEs, comparatively more women work on front end, which deals with both people and aesthetics.
- Extraversion expressed as gregariousness rather than assertiveness. Also, higher agreeableness.
- This leads to women generally having a harder time negotiating salary, asking for raises, speaking up, and leading. Note that these are just average differences and there’s overlap between men and women, but this is seen solely as a women’s issue. This leads to exclusory programs like Stretch and swaths of men without support.
- Neuroticism (higher anxiety, lower stress tolerance).This may contribute to the higher levels of anxiety women report on Googlegeist and to the lower number of women in high stress jobs.”
Google is under investigation by the Department of Labor for gender-based discrimination, which claims the company regularly practices underpaying women who work at the organization. In fact, the same department sued Google earlier this year for hiding valuable information about the ongoing investigation.
It’s common to hear reports of women complaining about discrimination and pay disparity when hired at the corporate level in Silicon Valley.
Sexism and racism can be found on many levels within the tech industry, whether open or hidden.
Look at the issues that have plagued Uber and other tech companies for years. We only just hear about these issues when someone brave enough speaks out.
There is no denying that problems exist and that the system is unbalanced. The engineer, in this case, could have gone about things differently and could have left out many parts of the letter which a lot of people find offensive.
It will be interesting to see what occurs if someone tracks down and finds the person who wrote this letter.
Will they be fired, reprimanded, or nothing at all? It seems as if either outcome is going to add more fuel to this fire.
Maybe the biggest question here, is will anything change for the better at all?