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Behind the Headlines: 3 St. Louis women in tech respond to that controversial Google memo

Aug 11, 2017

Last week, news began circulating of a controversial internal memo, written by a former senior software engineer at Google, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” which called for Google to replace diversity initiatives with “ideological diversity” initiatives.

The author of the memo, now named as James Damore, expounded on the idea that gender gaps at the company were a result of biological differences between men and women, not institutional sexism or racism at the company.

The memo incensed many and sparked a lot of conversation online, at startup, tech companies and otherwise, about diversity in the workplace. On Friday’s Behind the Headlines, we discussed the memo and the experiences of women in tech on St. Louis on the Air.

Joining the program for the discussion:

  • Crystal Martin, CoderGirl Program Director at LaunchCode
  • Haley Shoaf, Education Operations Director at LaunchCode
  • Tamarah Usher, Principal Consultant, at Slalom, a technology consulting firm with offices in Clayton

Listen to the full discussion:

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