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What the Google Engineer’s Manifesto Missed About Discrimination at Work
The web is abuzz with discussion of a “manifesto” informally circulated at Google by James Damore, who, until yesterday, worked there as an engineer. Damore’s memo criticized Google’s diversity programs as “authoritarian,” labeling them “arbitrary social engineering” projects that ignore the biological differences between men and women, which he believes explain many of the gender disparities Google is trying to change—the dearth of women in tech and higher management and the gender pay gap. He suggested that Google should focus more on intellectual diversity, showing more respect for views like his. Respecting intellectual diversity is one thing. Respecting intellectual blindness is another. Damore’s memo missed one huge thing: Abundant and rigorous scientific studies—by sociologists, psychologists, and economists—have demonstrated that gender and race biases adversely affect women and people of color in the workplace. In this post, I’ll tell you about a few studies that I believe provide convincing evidence of gender or race discrimination at work.