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The recently penned “anti-diversity” memo from Google “tech bro” James Damore has ignited furor over a lack of gender diversity, and for good reason. Damore, a former software engineer for Google, wrote a 10-page manifesto, made public by Motherboard on Saturday, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” in which he posits “biological differences” are the reason women are underrepresented within the tech industry.

According to the manifesto, women just aren’t made to be as successful in the tech world as men because they lack a drive to achieve a high status and are not willing to abandon a “balanced and fulfilling life.” Damore suggests women are more focused on “feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas,” which results in unequal representation. He further argues these deficiencies lie within a woman’s instinctive behavior, suggesting an unstable mental state is the cause of gender inequity in the industry. And, according to Damore, “neuroticism” is the reason for “the lower number of women in high stress jobs,” specifically in the tech field.

He later argues the company’s initiatives such as their mentoring and training programs are catered “only for people with a certain gender or race,” suggesting Google is …read more

Source:: Salon – Innovation

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