MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (KTVU) – Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai spoke to hundreds of girls at a Technovation event in Mountain View Thursday night, sending a clear message that women are needed and welcome in the tech industry, despite a controversial memo by a former Google engineer who said the low number of women are in tech jobs is due to genetic differences.
Pichai did not talk directly about the controversy, but he said it’s important for girls to learn coding and pursue tech careers.
“There’s a place for you at Google. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here and we need you,” said Pichai, whose remarks were greeted with cheers and applause.