Should you watched Google’s Pixel 2 occasion, you might have observed one thing different than simply the launch of a number of new devices: the presence of extra feminine presenters.

4, to be actual.

That is to not say the bar was set significantly excessive in earlier years — ultimately 12 months’s Pixel occasion, there have been two feminine presenters — but it surely alerts that Google is beginning to “stroll the stroll” in relation to boosting illustration of ladies. At this 12 months’s Google I/O, there have been additionally 4 feminine presenters, up one from 2015 and 2016, and double the quantity from 2013 and 2014.

There have been six male presenters at Wednesday’s Pixel occasion.

Isabelle Olsson, Google’s lead designer for dwelling , was certainly one of 4 girls presenters at Google’s Pixel occasion on Wednesday.   

Stephen Shankland

Earlier this 12 months, Google was embroiled in controversy after former firm engineer James Damore wrote a manifesto arguing that ladies are underrepresented in tech due to “organic causes” quite than bias and discrimination. Silicon Valley corporations, largely dominated by white males, have lengthy grappled with the difficulty of range. Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was ousted in June following an inside investigation of sexual harassment allegations, and in July, enterprise capitalists together with Dave McClure of 500 Startups admitted to behaving inappropriately towards girls.  

The presenters at Wednesday’s Pixel occasion included Isabelle Olsson, lead designer for dwelling ; Sabrina Ellis, senior director of product administration; Aparna Chennapragada, product director; and Nest CTO Yoky Matsuoka.

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All the pieces Google simply introduced: Each story from at this time’s occasion.  

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