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Equality Will Come When Every Company Hires One Woman For Every Man, Says 23AndMe CEO

Tech powerhouse and founder of 23AndMe Anna Wojcicki isn’t just thinking about ways to make personalized medicine accessible to the public. She has an idea or two up her sleeve about gender equality in the workplace, too.

In a recent interview with Quartz, Wojcicki laid down the law pretty clearly:

Balance the workforce: Hire one man for every woman, and balance it across positions of management. The only way to really drive change is to have diversity represented.

But does she practice what she preaches?

According to the 23AndMe website, it seems that gender balance is indeed a company goal, with females (51.2%) slightly outnumbering males (48.8%) overall, and with 49% of leaders (director and above) being female, though the diagrams omit the details of equality on individual levels of management (Are genders balanced within the director’s level? And across the vice president’s level?). We’ll be waiting on that clarification.

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