So, this has me feeling a whole bunch of emotions. As a woman, mom and entrepreneur in the tech industry gender discrimination is a constant. On August 7th CNN published an article about a Google engineer who wrote a 10 page memo about how women are "biologically" unfit to work in the tech industry. Reportedly the author of the memo cannot be identified but he is a software engineer.
The memo describes the gender pay gap as a myth, how women cannot emotionally compete with men in the workplace, that girl coding programs are highly politicized, having women at Google makes the company less competitive AND Google is too left leaning to accomodate conservative views like his. Google executives have since denounced the memo.
There is obviously more to his memo but from what we've described already it sounds like he's making the case that women are subserviant child bearing low level humans. I really don't have the energy for this crap but I will say it's been proven diversity (ethnic and gender) improves the culture and bottom line of businesses.
I can agree with the Tech industry being very sexist and discriminatory. Last year when we attended a popular tech conference in NYC about 70% of our time was spent talking to and fending off very sexist investors. It took us back and was not what we expected. Men made comments about the company name, talked down to us, lectured us, and blatantly made sexist comments that were bold face harrassment. We didn't go back this year.
Women have been making advances in the workplace (in every industry) over the years but this type of systematic and uneducated culture needs to change. Thankfully companies like Moms Pump Here and many others are committed to advocating for moms (women). Our society needs to make a break from this type of thinking. It's not acceptable, it's archaic and does not advance our species.