To: All firms in Silicon Valley
From: CGar, on behalf of sentient human beings
RE: Gender Equality
Dear Silicon Valley,
It is long past time for you to "disrupt" your respective industries - indeed, your business models - by rejecting misogyny. Hiring women in marquee positions does not address the structural inequalities that are endemic to organizations run by - and often for - men. Adding a single woman to your board of directors is publicist-driven tokenism, not a meaningful attempt to combat unequal representation and one-sided decision-making. Dismissing a sexual harassment suit out-of-hand and calling the woman who filed it a liar is not disruptive - it is par for the course for captains of industry.
Take seriously your dearth of women in executive positions, in engineering offices, in board rooms, in community meetings. Emulate +Google
and devote some of your considerable resources to leveling the playing field. And stop blaming your diversity issues on "science," saying "that's just the way things are" and "there's nothing we can do if our hiring pool consists mostly of men." You're smart enough to know that that defense is a cop-out, and was in fact used for decades by men in other professions (once they finally came around to the idea that women, at least some women, can do anything men can do).
Get it together.