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Something that seems to be a growing trend is for the most privileged people in America to expound upon how they are victimized by the doubts of nobodies like James Damore. For example, from Fortune:
Aug 08, 2017
Yesterday, after reading the news, my daughter asked me a question. “Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?”
That question, whether it’s been asked outright, whispered quietly, or simply lingered in the back of someone’s mind, has weighed heavily on me throughout my career in technology. Though I’ve been lucky to work at a company where I’ve received a lot of support—from leaders like Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, and Jonathan Rosenberg to mentors like Bill Campbell—my experience in the tech industry has shown me just how pervasive that question is.
Note for later how Wojcicki drops the name of Google co-founder Sergey Brin in second in her list of five enlightened males.
Time and again, I’ve faced the slights that come with that question. I’ve had my abilities and commitment to my job questioned. I’ve been left out of key industry events and social gatherings. I’ve had meetings with external leaders where they primarily addressed the more junior male colleagues. I’ve had my comments frequently interrupted and my ideas ignored until they were rephrased by men. No matter how often this all happened, it still hurt.
So when I saw the memo that circulated last week, I once again felt that pain, and empathized with the pain it must have caused others. I thought about the women at Google who are now facing a very public discussion about their abilities, sparked by one of their own co-workers. I thought about the women throughout the tech field who are already dealing with the implicit biases that haunt our industry (which I’ve written about before), now confronting them explicitly. I thought about how the gender gap persists in tech despite declining in other STEM fields, how hard we’ve been working as an industry to reverse that trend, and how this was yet another discouraging signal to young women who aspire to study computer science. And as my child asked me the question I’d long sought to overcome in my own life, I thought about how tragic it was that this unfounded bias was now being exposed to a new generation. …
For instance, what if we replaced the word “women” in the memo with another group? What if the memo said that biological differences amongst Black, Hispanic, or LGBTQ employees explained their underrepresentation in tech and leadership roles? Would some people still be discussing the merit of the memo’s arguments or would there be a universal call for swift action against its author? …
I thought about all of this, looked at my daughter and answered simply.
“No, it’s not true.”
Susan Wojcicki is the chief executive officer of YouTube.
How did Susan Wojcicki overcome so much oppression and prejudice to rise up to be the CEO of one of Google’s big subsidiaries, while also having five babies? I mean, besides having been Sergey Brin’s sister-in-law?
From USA Today a number of years ago:
After earning her MBA in 1998, Wojcicki bought 232 Santa Margarita Ave. for about $600,000. She rented the garage to two Stanford students for $1,700 a month to help with the mortgage. The renters: no ordinary slackers, but the Google Guys, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who incubated Google (GOOG) right there.
“It’s a good reminder for the company that we did come from a small house, not a fancy house,” says Wojcicki.
Her life-changing decision to open her home to Brin and Page did more than just help start the world’s most-popular search engine. It also:
•Landed Wojcicki a key early job at Google less than a year after purchasing the home. Today, she’s one of its top-ranked executives, overseeing the crucial online advertising business as vice president of product management.
•Introduced a future husband to Wojcicki’s younger sister Anne, who recently married Brin on an island in the Bahamas. Google has invested $3.9 million in Anne Wojcicki’s biotech start-up, 23andMe.
•Created a cottage industry for the Wojcicki family. Susan Wojcicki’s husband, Dennis Troper, is an operations executive at Google. Brother-in-law Gregor (married to middle sister Janet) is a former Googler who worked in the finance department. Mom Esther Wojcicki, a teacher, has consulted for Google on educational issues.
Their father Stanley Wojcicki was chairman of the Stanford physics department. It’s a very smart family.
But still ….