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Wow.. this needs some more upvotes.
I recommend reading the whole chain.
There are some other details I'm not confident on; 4 were offered 5m in stock/shares and designer "given" 10k. Not sure if this means designer received money, or was still left out.
Bottom line, her CEO let her down majorly and Google seems to have screwed her over enormously.
I'm not entirely clear on the relevance of her gender is, either in this post or the source secret thread.
She's been royally fucked of that there's no doubt but there seems to be a lot of people talking about gender when she mentions she wasn't offered anything because she wasn't an area expert.
For the record, I am neither passing judgement nor placing importance on her gender regarding said judgement.
I am merely bullet pointing the facts.
The rest is up to you.
So typically as a woman when you experience gender discrimination you are told something like "you're not an area expert." :P It's not like they're going to come out and say they're not hiring you because you're a woman. But I do agree there's not enough context here to understand the real reason she wasn't taken along.
It's a long shot I know but it could be that Google were always just after the engineering talent in the company and not another designer. Who knows other than those involved.
It certainly isn't a stretch to picture Google only being interested in picking up engineers and not designers though although the way it's been "reported" by this single, anonymous source certainly shows they've got very little class about how they recruited in this case (not to mention the co-workers).
Someone on the original thread wrote, "understand that this has happened because our sexist industry does not value human skills (what it calls "soft" skills) as much as the ability to generate algorithms in code, part of its systematic devaluation of tasks typically performed by women."
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