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The Full Text Of The Viral “Google Memo”


For people who want only the facts behind the story, it’s hard to discover them. I haven’t come across any articles which show the full text without introducing bias somehow. Most journalists and bloggers haven’t been able to post the memo without adding their own opinions on the content. And the “discussion” across social media tends to involve personal insults or emotional appeals, instead of actual discussion.

What I find especially fascinating about this memo is the number of interpretations. Different people are drawing vastly different conclusions from the same thing. No doubt part of this is because fake quotes have been circulating.

But without further ado, the full text, so people can reach their own conclusions:

The now-infamous “Google Memo”

You can view the memo on, download a PDF, or read it right here:

Comments from Google employees

“We strongly support the right of Googlers to express themselves, and much of what was in that memo is fair to debate regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it. However, portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.” – Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google

“We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company, and we’ll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul.” – Danielle Brown, Google’s Vice President of Diversity, Integrity and Governance

A small internal poll (282 responses) showed mixed reactions to the memo.

What’s next?

The author, engineer James Damore, was fired. He’s reportedly considering legal action against Google, and there’s some debate over whether or not he could be successful there. For extra information, has a lengthy article.