Gender Justice Specialist Natalie Collins has said hundreds walking out of Google are calling to an end to “pay and opportunity inequality” because pay structures tell women, they “value men more than women”.
Google employees around the world are walking out of their offices on Thursday to protest against claims of sexual harassment, gender inequality and racism.
Ms Collins told talkRADIO’s Eamonn Holmes: “A commitment to end pay and opportunity inequality is because the reality is that while we have white men at the top of the decision-making structure, white men are going to be particularly motivated by the things that affect them.
“Those men generally aren’t being groped, sexually harassed or experiencing racism.
“The leadership of Google is 67% white and 75% male and so one of the reasons why historically we haven’t seen these issues being taken seriously is because the person the woman is going to have to go to and convince is often male.
“Similarly if someone is experiencing racism and has to convince someone who is white that it is serious.
“By ending this inequality in pay and opportunity hopefully that will ensure that there is a more representative leadership, there will be a more representative situation.
“Essentially if you are in a company where there are pay structure which values men more than women in a very tangible way that can create a very toxic environment for women.”
'They can't speak out'
Ms Collins added that the #MeToo movement has “galvanised” women to organise themselves and seek change.
“What is extraordinary in this case is that we are seeing people from all around the world wanting change – men and women,” she said.
“I think this is quite extraordinary considering women were often described as isolated when they are subjected to this stuff and that they can’t speak out.
“The #MeToo movement has really galvanised that ability for women and men to come together and say no more are we doing this.
“There is now a climate now where we are hopefully going to be listened to.
“More organisation is happening to seek change.”