Google’s Twitter gaffe sums up gender issue

The tech giant’s failed attempt to “celebrate women” perfectly illustrates an ongoing problem pervading the industry

Google’s Twitter gaffe sums up gender issue

“Wait, is that real? It has got to be satire. They can’t be that stupid. Can they?” – Those are the words of one shocked Twitter user who came across Google’s failed attempt at “celebrating women.”

The tech giant – along with other industry big hitters – is known for having a predominantly male workforce and while the company has invested heavily in improving the current status quo, Google’s latest attempt was somewhat of a misjudgement.

To promote its current “Women in Computing” campaign, Google tweeted a blogpost about Yossi Matias – an engineer who is “passionate about supporting women in tech.”

 
— Life at Google (@lifeatgoogle) October 14, 2015
The post explains that Matias – alongside two female colleagues – is part of a program that visits schools and “encourages high school girls to select computer science and math in their high school studies.”

Unsurprisingly, many people were quick to point out that may have been a better man – or rather woman – for the job.

 
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