Google engineer calls women biologically unfit for tech jobs

By Elliot Bullman

Google executives have responded to a 3,300-word manifesto written by one of its male engineers that argues women aren't suited for tech jobs for "biological" reasons.

In response, Google diversity vice president Danielle Brown and engineering vice president Ari Balogh addressed the controversial document in separate messages to Google employees condemning the document's assertions and defended Google's diversity efforts.

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The issue immediately ignited a fierce debate on social media.

The author, James Damore who says he has now been sacked for the , was reportedly a rank-and-file software engineer at Google. He contended that Google doesn't have more female engineers because men have a "higher drive for status."

He argued that the company's diversity programs -- including seminars that teach young girls coding skills -- are "highly politicized." The diversity work, he said, "alienates non-progressives." He also said he believes that Google's commitment to hire more women stands to make the company less competitive and that the gender wage gap is a myth.

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But Google´s engineering VP Ari Balogh said such "stereotyping" is "deeply troubling" and "harmful."

Former Google engineer Erica Baker, who gained attention last year for her posts about diversity, responded to the latest controversy, saying she's "disappointed but unsurprised."

Google leadership has for years publicly expressed the desire to increase diversity in its workforce.

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