The shocking profession with the biggest gender wage gap (hint: it’s not tech)

The viral memo by now-fired Google GOOG, -0.11% software engineer James Damore theorized that the low number of female employees in Silicon Valley is due to biological differences rather than a culture of exclusion and discrimination. Among his “non-discriminatory” reasons for the gender gap: Women on average show a higher interest in people and men in things, and women on average are more cooperative.

In a statement, Google’s vice president of diversity, integrity and governance Danielle Brown said of the memo: “I found that it advanced incorrect assumptions about gender,” adding, “It’s not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages.

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