However, realistically speaking, the inclusive community must have its hierarchies. One will be a hierarchy of skills, talents, and achievements. I learned in college that I would never be as brilliant as the young woman who graduated first in our class—no matter how hard I worked. A prodigy, she excelled in all subjects, sang, directed plays, and was likeable as well as admirable. Allen writes that ideal institutions will “lift the educational level of the entire population as high as possible while also making it possible for those with special gifts to achieve the highest heights of intellectual and creative excellence.” Still another hierarchy will be the hard-won faculty control over the curriculum. Finally, the demands of administering the inclusive community breed a third hierarchy. Some offices simply have more authority and obligations than others. Democratic processes can choose the officeholders, but once chosen, a man or woman has a hard job to do. He or she must articulate an institution’s mission, exercise power responsibly, make and defend tangled decisions, broker the needs of many constituencies, handle emergencies both grave and ludicrous. I once heard one of the most brilliant young college presidents in the United States say that students usually called her by her first name, but in times of stress and trial, she was President X.
Wojcicki went on to explain that arguments about whether women are suited for leadership or tech roles were loaded attempts at justifying the way women in tech are treated. On numerous occasions, she recalled, she was left out of “key industry events and social gatherings,” had external leaders disregard her in favor of more junior male colleagues, and even heard her own ideas “ignored until they were rephrased by men.” The memo author, she further noted, attempted to justify his views through science — but she argued, citing a LinkedIn post by psychologist and author Adam Grant , that science has shown his claims say more about stereotypes in culture than they do about biology.