After the infamous anti-diversity manifesto debacle, Google CEO Sundar Pichai addressed a coding event for girls, assuring them that women had an important role to play at Google .
"I want you to know there's a place for you in this industry. There's a place for you at Google. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here, and we need you", Pichai said.
Pichai's views hold importance as they come right after an anti-diversity manifesto, written by a Google software engineer James Damore, which claimed that "the representation gap between men and women in software engineering persists because of biological differences between the two sexes", made headlines.
However, in a written note to Google's employees, Pichai denounced the memo and said while the technology company supports the rights of its employees to express themselves, "portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace."
Terming the situation a "very difficult time," Pichai said suggestions that a group of people have traits that make them "less biologically suited" to work is "offensive and not OK."
Pichai also trimmed down his family vacation after the said memo created much uproar both inside and outside Google.