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Women were and are on the Front Lines

Women were and are on the Front Lines


  1. Women Were on the Front Lines
    Heather Heyer, Charlottesville Victim, Is Recalled as ‘a Strong Woman’ New York Times
  2. Young White Supremacist Takes Inspiration from Dean Heller
    Prediction: Senator Dean Heller will spend more time distancing himself from the smiling people he was photographed with.
  3. Trump Does Not Denounce White Supremacy, Implies Liberals are Also "Radicals"
    White House Acts to Stem Fallout From Trump’s First Charlottesville Remarks, New York Time


If you haven't yet read the now infamous Google memo, it is located here. In it, James Damore, a recently fired Google engineer writes what appears to be a rational defense of why more women do not work in Tech.  In reality, it was just sexism masquerading as "science."

No, science doesn't back up Damore. Yes, women engineers help the bottom line.  In our culture, women are required to be good at emotional labor such as collaboration,  Google isn't altruistic. It wants to keep women engineers because they create a better product

  1. We’ve studied gender and STEM for 25 years. The science doesn’t support the Google memo Recode 
    "We can say flatly that there is no evidence that women’s biology makes them incapable of performing at the highest levels in any STEM fields."

  2. Why are there so few women in tech? The truth behind the Google memo, The Guardian
    "In one study, Rippon found that British men performed significantly better on a spatial rotation task than women. However, when the experiment was repeated with Chinese participants, there was no difference between the male and female participants. "

  3. I'm a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you, Vox
    Cynthia Lee writes that sexism and implicit bias explain why women leave tech.

  4. Women who are elite mathematicians are less likely than men to believe they’re elite mathematiciansWashington Post
    [L]ack of confidence likely pushes some of the field’s best minds to pursue other avenues. After all, even if someone has elite skills, if she doesn’t believe herself to be a talented mathematician, she’s unlikely to pursue a STEM education and subsequent career.

  5. Tech’s Damaging Myth of the Loner Genius Nerd,  New York Times
    "[I]nterpersonal skills like collaboration, communication, empathy and emotional intelligence are essential to the job. The myth that programming is done by loner men who think only rationally and communicate only with their computers harms the tech industry in ways that cut straight to the bottom line. "

  6. How the Imagined “Rationality” of Engineering Is Hurting Diversity — and Engineering, Harvard Business Review
    Engineering purity also lets engineers who are low in social or emotional intelligence off the hook. Other employees — especially female ones — are expected to think about how their words and actions affect others. But not “pure” engineers. They get a pass."

  7. Diversity training was supposed to reduce bias at Google. In case of fired engineer, it backfired, Los Angeles Times
    Experts say one of the fundamental challenges of diversity and bias training is this: People don’t like to be told what to do and think. That’s why experts say an instructor’s words can quickly backfire if they put the audience on the defensive. "

  8. Female Google engineer on viral memo: ‘I was painfully unsurprised’

  9. 'Dear Mr. Google Manifesto': Epic Response From Chemical Engineer, Corp VP, Mom Of 5
  10. Read YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki’s Response to the Controversial Google Anti-Diversity Memo