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Google's Gender Memo – We are better!

Nov 22, 2017

Historically speaking, not long ago women were not entitled to vote; yet, this year we have witnessed the first women in U.S. history competing against a male opponent to become president of the United States. While times have drastically changed for women in just a hundred years or so, every year, on March 8, we celebrate “International Women’s Day”.  Ample is discussed about women’s struggles for equality in the world, including at home and in the workplace.

In the past few months, the debate around gender equality and ideological diversity at the workplace has become more intense. The pledge is a 10-page internal memo that Google software engineer James Damore wrote, in which he attempted to explain his contrarian positions on those concerns. The memo, named as the ‘Google's Ideological Echo Chamber’ infuriated numerous in Silicon Valley since it depended on certain gender stereotypes — like the thought that ladies are less inspired by high- stress occupations since they are more anxious — to rationalize the gender gap in the tech industry. The memo rapidly spread outside the organization, as other Google workers railed against a large number of its presumptions.

“The memo has clearly impacted our co-workers, some of whom are hurting and feel judged based on their gender,” Mr. Pichai wrote.

The main purpose of gender equality in the workplace is to achieve equal outcomes for men and women, not necessarily that the outcomes will be exactly same for all.

To achieve this:

• Workplaces to provide equal salary for work of equal or equivalent value

• Removal of obstacles to the full and equal participation of women in the personnel

• Access to all occupations and industries, including leadership roles, regardless of gender; and

• Elimination of discrimination on the basis of gender, particularly in relation to family and caring responsibilities.

Accomplishing gender equality is the essential for workplaces not because it is ‘fair’ and ‘the right thing to do, but because it is also connected to a nation's overall economic growth.

Workplace gender equality is related to:

• Improved national productivity and economic growth

• Increased organizational performance

• Enhanced ability of companies to attract talent and retain employees

• Enhanced organizational reputation

Despite what many people assume, gender equality is not strictly limited to creating advantages for women. Gender equality means that each employee approaches similar benefits, which is why equality is an "everyone" issue.

To encourage its female employees to learn leadership skills and pursue high-ranking roles, we give them with their own leadership-development program. “Our program focuses on helping early and mid-career women step up to extensive leadership responsibilities.

In sum, every employee has the right to feel comfortable in the workplace. When employers embrace a mentality of acceptance and inclusion, gender equality finally becomes a possibility.

We Are Better in light of the fact that these are our morals which we follow to make the gender Equality same.

About Author

Yashu Kapila is working as Vice President at BugRaptors. The best part of her role is managing key client relationships, setting up and building large testing services and release for projects spread across the globe. She has diverse experience in release management, consulting, operations and presales. She holds the expertise in SDLC, Project management, Process Definition, and CMMi. She is also involved in creation of WBS, test plans, user requirements study, part of wireframes, resource allocation, daily scrums, monitoring and control. She drove CMMi L5 v1.3 initiative with successful implementation of the model.