20% of Google Workforce Walked Out As Andy Rubin Gets Paid $90 Million Although Sexual Misconduct Claims Were Credible
Shame on Google
More than 17,000 Google employees – roughly 20 percent of the entire workforce – walked out of the company’s over 40 offices last week. The company-wide walkout is a result of a New York Times story that showed the tech giant gave Andy Rubin, the creator of Android mobile software, a $90 million payout and a hero's exit after it was discovered that sexual coercion claims against him were credible. “Google could have fired Mr. Rubin and paid him little to nothing on the way out,” says Times reporters Daisuke Wakabayashi and Katie Benner. “Instead, the company handed him a $90 million exit package, paid in installments of about $2 million a month for four years, said two people with knowledge of the terms.” One expert told CNBC: "I've never seen anything like this in the tech sector." The level of coordination was, apparently, unprecedented.
Indian Police Centers Using Surveillance to Monitor Sexual Violence
#MeToo India is at the height of its power. The people of India have been angry at the response of officials to sexual attacks for years. The media and entertainment industries have been particularly rocked by sexual harassment allegations in the #MeToo era. The movement has progressed beyond media and entertainment, and now policemen and journalists. One of the results of the heightened scrutiny is that police centers are using social media technology to monitor and follow up on complaints. "Recently, the Indian state attempted to use smart technologies to deliver safe cities for women,” say Ayona Datta, Nabeela Ahmed, Rakhi Tripathi at The Independent. “The strategies used to address both online and offline violence include installing surveillance systems, such as CCTV cameras, facial recognition, number plate recognition, and social media monitoring. What makes these strategies ‘smart’ is that they are integrated into centralised police command and control centres to monitor and increase response rates."
“Year of the Woman”
The American “Year of the Woman” comes full circle on election day this week. Signs are looking up for the state of the House. 235 women have won either the Democrat or Republican nominations for the House, up from the previous record of 167. “As Congress stands today, less than 20 percent of the House and 22 percent of the Senate are women,” writes Emily Davies at People. “The gubernatorial field is no better — with only 6 of 50 candidates identifying as female."
Women in Politics: North Carolina Behind
North Carolina is bucking the trend of women in American politics -- in not a good way. The total number of women running in the tar heel state has decreased from 2014 to 2016. “There was a 26 percent increase in the number of women running for the state legislature, but this figure is tempered by the fact that there was a 27 percent overall increase in the number of candidates running,” writes David McClennan for the Charlotte Observer. One bright spot, however: “This means the relative number of women running did not increase.”
History Repeating itself
Vox does an amazing job in explaining 1992 – the first so-called “Year of the Woman” wave election. The parallels are intriguing. Twenty-six years ago the country was dealing with high profile sexual allegations cases, and a significant number of lawmakers were retiring due to scandals. It was a perfect storm of events. "In 1992, many of the retirements were due to a scandal implicating more than 240 members of Congress who had overdrawn their House bank accounts. This year, for a combination of reasons, a staggering 40-plus Republican House members have decided not to run again, similarly putting these seats up for grabs.”
MoveOn spokesperson, Karine Jean Pierre, writes that we need more than just a “Year of the Woman” slogan. She writes on CNN.com that we need to hold the 45 men in the US Senate, who voted for Kavanaugh, to account; she writes that we need to demand accountability for the more than 50% of white women that voted for Trump. "So if 1992 was the ‘Year of the Woman,’ then 2018 must be the ‘Year of Accountability.’ And in the ‘Year of Accountability,’ we must demand accountability from everyone who fails to support women and our needs, no matter their race, gender, or political party.”
A Woman to Become President in 2020
Women of color are more optimistic about the possibility of a woman winning the American Presidency in 2020, according to a national poll of adult women conducted from Aug. 29th through Sept. 2nd 2018 by a TIME and SSRS Research. "55% percent of Hispanic women and half of black women said they think a woman is likely to be elected President in 2020, while just 38% of white women said so," according to Time magazine.
Cover photo via Hindustan Times