A while ago, we all heard about the manifesto floating around Google about gender diversity in the workplace. Here's the link if you didn't see it:
I had some thoughts about this when I first read about it, but time has passed and the gentleman who wrote the manifesto is no longer with Google. He's currently suing the technology giant for wrongful termination, but I'm willing to bet that he's not going to get far with it. He might get some attention though - maybe a book deal or some interviews or something.
I'm an open-minded kind of guy, and so when someone writes up something like this that causes a lot of controversy, I read it and consider all sides of the argument. Does he have any valid points? Absolutely. There are physical differences between men and women. That is not a fact in question.
The real question in all of this is to what degree those differences really matter, and it has been fought over for centuries. In other words, this is really nothing new. In fact, it should hardly be newsworthy. What probably makes this newsworthy at all is that it came from a tech company in Silicon Valley at a time when companies are under a little more scrutiny for how they treat women in the workplace. We also have the fallout from events in Hollywood where women are coming forward and openly talking about things that happened to them.
There could be biological differences between men and women that could give men certain advantages over women in certain environments. The opposite is probably also true. In general, women tend to be more nuturing and detail-oriented where as men tend to be focused on efficiency and effectiveness. However, I think to view the world as black and white and just say that men are better than women is shortsighted and foolish at best.
I went to MIT, and I can tell you that there were women there who could achieve almost anything they wanted to. It is true that the women I knew tended to align more to the sciences than engineering, but there was no shortage of them in any of the fields. Architecture, Computer Science, Math, Physics, Civil Engineering, Planetary Science, Philosophy... In every one of those fields there are women who are making great strides.
I will go a step further though. For me, I see people as people. I don't care if someone is a man or a woman. When I look for someone to fill a role in my organization, I'm looking for skills. I'm looking for ambition. I'm looking for enthusiasm. I don't care what gender you are, what country you come from, whether you are tall, short, blonde, brunette, rich or poor. I have stuff that needs to be done, and I'll hire whomever will get the job done.
Now of course that is all my opnion. You are welcome to yours. Depending on where you live, there may or may not be protections against discrimination against race, sex, etc. Thankfully I live in a country that does have those protections on the books, even if the enforcement of those protections is sometimes questionable. I pray that one day everyone in the world can achieve their goals without discrimination or hardship. I want my children to grow up in a better world than I did. I can only hope that it actually happens.