Gender Bias Post #9: Ideological Echo Chamber #ImplicitBias #GenderBias #UnconsciousGenderBiasBlog #GenderEquity

This is a different kind of gender bias post from my usual ones…

After reading James Damore's recent 10-page internal memo, circulated to his fellow google employees, I thought it would serve as a great discussion platform on gender bias of the implicit or explicit variety.

If you have not read it, here it is: Google's Ideological Echo Chamber

Although my first reaction was to put this in the category of explicit gender bias as opposed to implicit, I think it is still implicit bias. He states many times throughout the document that he is all for gender diversity. I think gender stereotypes are just so ingrained in his outlook of how men and women "should" behave, and what kind of activities men and women "should" gravitate towards that he cannot see just how gender biased his opinion and memo are.

His section entitled "Possible non-bias causes of the gender gap in tech" in which he outlines his thoughts on how "men and women biologically differ" is one entrenched with outdated stereotypes. In fact, Google's CEO Sundar Pichai responded to the memo by saying that it, in their opinion, "advanc[ed] harmful gender stereotypes" and on August 7th Damore was fired.

What are your thoughts on this memo, on his thoughts, and on the Google's response to the memo?