Reprinted from The Washington Post by Samantha Schmidt on August 10, 2017.
The controversial memo written by James Damore, a 28-year-old former Google engineer, rattled Silicon Valley last weekend when it became public and stirred a fierce debate about diversity in the workplace.
Google leaders billed the memo as “offensive” and “harmful.” The memo said that “genetic differences” may explain “why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership.”
This week the company fired the author for “perpetuating gender stereotypes,” he said.
Until now, little has been known about Damore. But since his firing, he’s given at least two lengthy interviews with the hosts of right-wing YouTube channels and a significantly shorter interview with Bloomberg TV. …
Hicks: Women Were Foundational to the Field of Computing
Reprinted from The Washington Post by Marie Hicks on August 9, 2017.
“The rampant sexism in the tech world was put on full display this week after an internal memo from a Google software engineer went viral on the Internet,” writes Marie Hicks in The Washington Post. “If we are to believe the memo’s author — who was fired from the company Monday — women are more prone to ‘neuroticism’ and less likely to pursue leadership roles in the tech industry because of ‘biological differences.’
“Unfortunately, this sentiment is far too commonplace. It’s also wildly inaccurate. Women are not worse at computing than men. In fact, history shows they were foundational to the field. When women suffer, so too does computing.
“Britain gives us a startling historical example of how discrimination not only hurt female computer workers, but also helped destroy a nation’s once-thriving computer industry. …