I find that the word ‘phenomenal’ is quite often used inappropriately. Someone will say something like ‘this ice cream is phenomenal’. The definition is ‘very remarkable; extraordinary’. When I listened to this story this morning regarding a scientist editing the dna of a human embryo, I thought ‘this is phenomenal’.
Whether you agree with his position or not, the fact that an engineer wrote a memo questioning Googles hiring practices regarding women is certainly a tempest in a teapot. I believe it’s healthy for our society to ask questions about hiring practices and make them public. The challenge for a company like Google, which wants to encourage independent thinking and questioning of assumptoins, is how to allow it without indirectly encouraging a lawsuit from someone who they don’t hire and happens to be a woman.