AGoogle employee’s manifesto arguing that programmes increasing race and gender diversity be replaced with a commitment to “ideological diversity” has spread rapidly across social media sparking a furious backlash.
The 10-page document, apparently drafted by a senior male software engineer, was initially posted on the company’s internal forum.
Critics reacted angrily to its argument that the lack of women in tech companies was down to genetic factors, saying it was evidence of Silicon Valley’s hostility to women and minorities.
“I’m simply stating that the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership,” the author writes, according to a version posted by Gizmodo.
He goes on to argue that the company’s diversity drives have created a “politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence”.
And the document also suggests that men have a greater drive for status, in contrast to women who may be less interested in coding and have a greater connection to “people and aesthetics”.
The provocative essay, entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber”, first began making waves on Friday. A string of Google employees expressed their anger as the document spread internally.
Today’s rage-read (at work): doc essentially saying that women are unsuited for tech because they like people, whilst men like things.
— Aimee (@aimeeble) August 4, 2017
Google internal article is a reflection of a larger culture, not a one-off opinion.
See replies @rakyll is getting RN.
— Sarah Adams (@sadams007) August 5, 2017
Before long, details of the manifesto leaked out and the outrage snowballed.
It’s easy for someone who has no skin in the game to say it should be “debated” because the outcome doesn’t affect them at *all*.
— Dr. NerdLove (@DrNerdLove) August 6, 2017
For many it was confirmation of biases common among the white men who dominate Silicon Valley.
We also have to spend precious time proving we deserve to be in the room. This google doc isn’t new, just the latest.
— nicole forsgren (@nicolefv) August 6, 2017
Google’s new vice-president of diversity, integrity and governance, Danielle Brown, sent a memo to staff distancing the company from the views.
She said it was not…