Sex Roles

, Volume 78, Issue 5–6, pp 453–454 | Cite as

Mind the Gender Gap: Changing Misconceptions about Gender, Leadership, and Occupational Segregation

Bridging the Gender Gap: Seven Principles for Achieving Gender Balance. By Lynn Roseberry and Johan Roos. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2017. Available to Download Pdf Online at
  • Christine R. Starr
Book Review

In August of 2017, Google Engineer James Damore (2017) sent out a 10-page memo to every Google employee, critiquing Google’s diversity initiatives. In it, he argued that it is not discrimination or bias, but rather inherent biological differences between women and men that lead to the gender gap in STEM fields. He argued that these biological differences make women inferior engineers, and he further claimed that efforts to reach equal gender representation are divisive, unfair, and cost Google both productivity and money. Although Google responded by firing Damore, internal messages show that the memo garnered support among many employees (Feinburg 2017). Google itself is currently under investigation for paying women in the company less than men for the same work (Conger 2017).

Damore is not alone in his beliefs. Despite greater approval of women working in a variety of industries, misconceptions about gender such as those expressed by Damore persist, both at the individual and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California, Santa CruzSanta CruzUSA

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