More than 60 current and former Google employees are considering suing Google for sexism and pay disparities against women, as the company is struggling with a crisis over alleged discrimination. Over the weekend, an employee at Google, who has now been fired, wrote a controversial memo that claimed women had “biological issues” that prevented them from being as successful men in technology. This memo has caused a massive debate to go on within Google.
James Finberg, the civil rights attorney working on the possible legal action on behalf of the female employees, stated that the women have earned far less than men at Google despite equal qualifications and similar roles. He further added that women have struggled to advance their careers at Google due to a “culture that is hostile to women.”
The women who have reached out to Finberg have stated that they earned thousands of dollars less than their male inferiors or equals. In addition, more than a dozen claimed that discrimination played a role in their decision to leave the company.
Hearing accounts like these causes one to realize that there is not the equality we had all hoped for. It is extremely demoralizing that women are still subconsciously being treated as insubordinate to men as seen through the horrific memo and unequal pay. People who state that their is no wage gap or sexism in the workplace are naïve and ultimately hurting the advancement of society.
I do not want to grow up in a world where I have less opportunities than men because of my gender. I do not want my dream to be thwarted by sexism. If anything, being a girl provides new perspectives, new ways of thinking, and new methods to approaching problems and finding solutions. I have seen so many women be put down because of gender, and that stops with our generation. We–women and girls–deserve better than this. We deserve education, opportunity, and equality. We need to fight and voice our opinions against those who believe we do not deserve better.