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Misogyny strikes again, this time at Google amidst pay gap investigation

Misogyny strikes again, this time at Google amidst pay gap investigation

The screed, titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", makes the overall point that the company's attempts to hire more women are ultimately misguided because there are simply biological differences between men and women and "we need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism". They also said that Google should foster "ideological diversity", saying that Google shouldn't offer programmes for racial or gender minorities. "We should empower those with different ideologies to be able to express themselves", the author goes on to say.

Women in general have more "openness directed towards feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas,"a stronger interest in people rather than things, relative to men", so they end up working for front desk rather than coding, the memo's author argues".

The document, first reported by Motherboard and obtained by Gizmodo, is a 10-page critique of not only the diversity programs at the tech giant but the very need for those programs.

"Google's left bias has created a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence", the document claims.

The manifesto, which was released in full by Gizmodo, has sparked anger and alarm among women in the U.S. technology industry.

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Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.If you have information or tips about the Google document and the company's internal response, you can contact this reporter over an encrypted chat service such as Signal or WhatsApp at 646-379-0593.

Some critics of the diversity-challenging memo are demanding that Google fire the software engineer who wrote it. Her statement added that "Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our values and the culture we continue to cultivate". Brown also notes that people should feel free to share their "alternative views" like our anonymous software engineer here, but says "that discourse needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment found in our Code of Conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws".

The controversy comes as Silicon Valley companies grapple with how to increase workforce diversity in an industry dominated by white men. Significantly, the company is being investigated by the Department of Labor for its severe gender pay gap.

The memo has been shared repeatedly on the internal network and Google+.