I am coming back to this space as something was inspiring me tonight. In the next few days, Google is having its Google Cloud Conference in San Francisco. Tonight, Google held a Diversity and Inclusion event called Women in Tech Social at the Palace Hotel. I love the fact that Google has embraced women in its senior management: Diane Greene, founder of VM Ware, is Google Cloud’s CEO while Fei Fei Li, another woman, is the Chief Scientist for Machine Learning/AI. In the conference, Google has 10 events in diversity and inclusion. At the bar tonight, attendees were asked to express themselves by creating their own cocktails.
According to research, in the U.S., women are paid around 80% of the wages of men even though 50% of the undergraduates and graduates are women. For women in tech, companies offer between 4% to 45% less pay to women for the same job. Women did ask for a lower pay 66% of the time. In industries such as VCs and hedge funds, less than 5% are women at the Partners or Chief Investment Officers level. Still, in the U.S., women are controlling 51% of the total wealth. Globally, women’s economic clout and wealth are rising definitively.
So, a toast to the rising strength of women with a self-made, self-expressed cocktail – non-alcoholic drink filled with wonderful herbs and gorgeous edible flowers.