I’m An Ex-Google Woman Tech Leader And I’m Sick Of Our Approach To Diversity!
Vidya Narayanan

I love this response.

Quotas are basically the lazy way out of a PR issue: Hire people of certain groups just to say that you’ve done something, while ultimately undermining the very cause you supposedly supported.

The problem isn’t why Google and others are majority male. It’s why the applicant pool to begin with is 90% or more from two very specific groups: White men, and Asian or south-east Asian men.

The proper solution, in my opinion, is a culture shift that allows people to pick their preferred fields as well as enables them to become proficient in that field: A small example might be basic programming classes at the middle and high school levels.

This won’t get fixed tomorrow, and it’s actively hindered both by the people who are convinced that women can’t cut it in that field and by the companies that try to take the easy way out of the conversation.

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