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Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech 302

Posted by Soulskill
from the don't-let-the-name-fool-you dept.
New submitter chpoot writes: "The Guardian reveals the gender breakdown among Amazon's management 'S Team.' At one end of the team of 132 are 12 secretaries. All are female. At the other end are 12 who report directly to Jeff Bezos. All are male. Of the 119 remaining when Bezos and the secretaries are put to one side, 18 are female. Amazon, of course, grew out of book selling. Book selling, publishing, and writing have all a fairly admirable tradition of employing women. In its attempts to overthrow traditional book selling, Amazon seems to have been particularly successful in subverting that part of the tradition."
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Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech

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  • Hmm.. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Travis Mansbridge (830557) on Saturday April 26, 2014 @08:27AM (#46847287)
    And here I'd always heard that Amazon women were particularly cutthroat..
  • huh? (Score:5, Funny)

    by shadowrat (1069614) on Saturday April 26, 2014 @08:59AM (#46847373)

    At one end of the team of 132 are 12 secretaries. All are female. At the other end are 12 who report directly to Jeff Bezos. All are male. Of the 119 remaining when Bezos and the secretaries are put to one side, 18 are female.

    I don't know what i'm supposed to be picturing here? what is the significance of the ends? are employees implicitly linear? is it particularly damning that the secretaries are all put on one end instead of being allowed to freely mingle with the other 120 team members? Do the 12 team members who report to Bezos somehow balance out the 12 secretaries? why are there 12 of both? Why are they at the other end? do they never get to see the secretaries being so far away? Is this just a super complicated way of saying that out of 132 team members 30 of them are female and the most important 12 members are all male?

    Are any of them hot?

  • by cryptizard (2629853) on Saturday April 26, 2014 @09:40AM (#46847495) Homepage

    Most women are not that aggressive. Most men are.

    You can't pretend that is some kind of biological difference though. It is entirely socially constructed, the way we teach little girls to be caregivers and quiet little angels while we let boys run around playing loud, violent games. If it means that women are now disadvantaged in the job market, then we should either 1) control for that and make sure that companies hire women anyway or 2) change the way that we condition girls so that they are more useful in the workforce.

  • by Opportunist (166417) on Saturday April 26, 2014 @11:10AM (#46847889)

    I talk about the blue ones 'cause every other one had me sign an NDA that I will not talk about the ... hey!

    Clever. You almost had me!

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