Overcome vs. answer


August 10, 2017 by AK

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki’s Response to the Controversial Google Anti-Diversity Memo begins:

Yesterday, after reading the news, my daughter asked me a question. “Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?”

And ends:

I thought about all of this, looked at my daughter and answered simply.
“No, it’s not true.”

However, in between the opening and the closing passages, there’s hardly an attempt to actually answer this question beyond a simple “yes” or “no,” by rational argument. According to Wojcicki, it was a question she had “long sought to overcome” in her own life: overcome, not answer. At no point does evidence enter her response.


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