not so much less good at math and tech, as less interested. Geeks are almost by definition male. If only 20% of Google applicants are female, how the hell can they achieve gender equality? If that’s the problem (the low level of applications) focus on that, and the reasons for it. My impression is it’s fairly simple — not nearly as many women as men go for tech qualifications. So focus on that. Don’t shoot the messenger.
And did anyone who reacted actually read the full memo? I have, it’s quite long, carefully argued and referenced, and needed not a close it down response and sack the guy, but an equally intelligently argued counter piece (by you maybe). If there were “other issues” in the interests of transparency and public discourse, let’s hear what those were.