To bust the echo chamber, let women join the conversation

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 02:11:52 AM. Tech companies are beginning to recognize the lack of creativity in a homogeneous workforce, and there is a tremendous emphasis across the industry on diversifying engineering talent.
Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press fileGoogle this week fired engineer James Damore, who wrote a 3,300-word manifesto titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” in which he claimed women’s lack of achievement in tech was due to “biological causes” and criticized the company’s effort to diversify its workforce. Let’s leave it to the good old boys at Google to decide what to do with James Damore, author of the memo, “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” It’s hard to know, after all, just why a boss might fire an employee, particularly one who had falsely claimed to have a Ph.D. in systems biology from Harvard. So instead of debating his right to trash his colleagues and publicly ridicule his bosses, let’s explore the opinions expressed by this vainglorious 28-year-old free-speech crusader who wants to liberate us all from the “dominant ideology” that dares to suggest that women have what it takes to succeed in technology fields. Where to begin. Maybe with Ingrid Alongi, a web applications developer who co-founded Quick Left in Boulder, ran the company successfully for several years before she sold it to Cognizant, and now leads the mentor network at Cognizant. Alongi, who obviously is given to thoughtful understatement, said she was “a little disappointed” to read Damore’s memo about how women suffer from anxiety, can’t handle stress, and are more interested in feelings and aesthetics than ideas. “I’ve heard those arguments before,” she said. In fact, when she launched Quick...Read more
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