Between 2000 and 2011 the number of female tech employees at Google dropped by 8%, but male employees increased by 16%. To solve the mystery of women and how confusing their work habits are, Google has developed an algorithm to help. The company discovered that women do not promote themselves as much as men during phone interviews, and women are more likely to leave after having children.
To mitigate the women leaving after having children, Google increased maternity leave to 5 months! Now, don’t get me wrong, I would be totally stoked to have that much time off after having a baby, but I think it is a problem that men only get 7 weeks of paternity leave. I do appreciate that Google is trying to keep women in the field, but if we want to move forward as a society with women, we need to make the assumption that dads may want to be the stay at home caregiver as well. Things might change for the better if we let a father or a mother take a lengthy leave for a new baby. That’s just my opinion though.