YouTube CEO Complains About Sexist ‘Microaggressions,’ Wants More Women In Silicon Valley [VIDEO]

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The CEO of YouTube discussed “microaggressions” and Silicon Valley’s gender representation and pay in an interview Wednesday.

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, sat down with Poppy Harlow from CNN for a segment on CNN Money’s American Opportunity vertical.

“There are sometimes microaggressions,” explained Wojcicki. “You’ll be talking and then someone will interrupt you … that’s actually become a big pet peeve of mine.”

“Whenever somebody interrupts me, I’ll be like ‘wait! I was talking! Do not interrupt me.'”


CNN asked the YouTube CEO about gender representation in Silicon Valley and the gender “pay gap” at YouTube.

“We need more women across the board,” claimed Wojcicki. “And until those numbers are fixed, it’s going to be a harder place for women to work.”

The executive assured CNN and the audience that she personally reviews compensation to ensure fair pay.

“You need the CEO of the company to say [diversity] matters,” said Wojcicki, when asked about “Exclusive: How To Break Up The Silicon Valley Boys’ Club,” an article she wrote for Vanity Fair in March. She stressed that CEOs need to be thinking about diversity when hiring employees.

The YouTube CEO also encouraged mentoring and establishing groups within companies to nurture diversity.

CNN Money’s video of the interview had 30 upvotes and 991 downvotes at the time of publication. The top comment, “no wonder people interrupt [Wojcicki], she talks like a gossiping high school student,” received 11 times as many upvotes.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to YouTube for comment but received none in time for publication.

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