More than 800 members of Google’s staff are adding the word “Lady” to their job titles to stand in solidarity against sexism in the workplace.
According to The Verge, this protest is a direct result to a comment made during a recent Alphabet shareholder meeting, in which an investor referred to company CFO Ruth Porat as the “lady CFO.” Meanwhile, this same person referred to Alphabet senior vice president of corporate development, David Drummond, as “Mr. Drummond.”
As expected, frustration around the sexist remark not only exploded in the actual room, but on social media as well, Business Insider noted. But Google employees wanted to make a bolder statement, so they created “Lady Day” that encouraged employees to change their job titles in the company-wide directory or in their email signatures. For xample, an employee with the title of “Systems Engineer” would be referred to as “Lady Systems Engineer.” This collective tongue-in-cheek response was spurred from a series of emails between Google coworkers.
In a statement to USA Today, Meg Mason, Google’s partner operations manager for shopping wrote: “I wanted to do something fun and ‘Googley’ that allowed us all to stand together, and to show that someone’s gender is entirely irrelevant to how they do their job.”
In addition, a team of employees launched an internal webpage and created a set of 13 female emojis that depict “a wide range of professions for women and men, with a goal of highlighting the diversity of women’s careers and empowering girls everywhere,” the team wrote. (Ironically, none of the emojis appear to be women of color.)
Like most tech companies, Google’s lack of diversity is notable. At Google, 70 percent of employees are men and 60 percent are white.