Google employee argues ideological diversity is more important than real diversity in viral internal document
Inside Google, there’s a document circulating called “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.”
Written by a senior software engineer and in part viewed by Motherboard, the 10-page Google Doc allegedly argues that biological differences between men and women account for the representation gap in tech and that Google should not offer programs for underrepresented minorities. The document also reportedly says that employees with conservative political beliefs face discrimination at Google and that ideological diversity is more important than racial and gender diversity.
According to the report in Motherboard, the personal opinion of this one Google engineer is for the most part angering Google employees. But some at the company agree with this engineer.
“The broader context of this is that this person is perhaps bolder than most of the people at Google who share his viewpointof thinking women are less qualified than mento the point he was willing to publicly argue for it. But there are sadly more people like him,” a Google employee told Motherboard.
Google didn’t immediately respond to request for comment from Mashable. Significantly, the company is being investigated by the Department of Labor for its severe gender pay gap.
A handful of Google employees tweeted about the document.
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
The views reportedly expressed in this document aren’t necessarily surprising, especially in Silicon Valley, where woman and people of color remain drastically underrepresented. According to Google’s most recent diversity report, the company’s own workforce is 56 percent white and 69 percent male.
UPDATE: Aug. 5, 2017, 4:37 p.m. EDT
The full text of the document is out, and it’s not great. See it here.