What the Google ‘anti-diversity’ memo got right

The 10-page memo is infamous and been called “anti-diversity.” But it raised one salient about how men and women approach salary negotiations.

The screed from a Google GOOG, +0.79% employee leaked this week detailed how, in the author’s opinion, women are “biologically different” from men and the consequences it causes — including wage inequality. Women are less assertive than men, which means they have a “harder time negotiating salary, asking for raises, speaking up, and leading,” James Damore, the now-fired software engineer at Google, wrote. He has since been fired over many of the views expressed in the memo, and is now suing the company.

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