10 Aug Google ‘anti-diversity manifesto’ sparks backlash among employees
A widely shared internal Google memo arguing against gender diversity had prompted outrage from certain staff and members of the public.
The anti-diversity memo, published in full by Gizmodo, argued that the disparities in gender at the tech giant could be explained by biological differences between men and women.
“We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism,” he wrote, adding that Google’s educational programmes for young women was one example of “bias causing harm”.
The 10-page document was written by one male employee in an engineering team and represents his own views, but it has been shared within the company and appeared to garner supportive responses.
“Philosophically, I don’t think we should do arbitrary social engineering of tech just to make it appealing to equal portions of both men and women,” the document read.