theodp writes: "After canceling a town hall meeting [reportedly scheduled for 4 PM] intended to address the fallout from an anti-diversity memo," Fortune reports, "Google CEO Sundar Pichai emphasized the importance of women in tech jobs while speaking at a coding event for girls at the company's campus [scheduled for 6 PM]. "I want you to know there’s a place for you in this industry," Pichai told a crowd of young women on Thursday, according to the Verge. "There’s a place for you at Google. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here and we need you." Pichai was speaking at the Technovation awards that honored teams of young women coders from all over the world." Technovation 2017 was sponsored by Google's Made With Code girls initiative. The all-girls coding competition is a fave of YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, who penned a column for Fortune on Wednesday that injected her daughter into the James Damore controversy. In 2015, Fortune reported that it was the urging of Wojcicki and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg that prompted iD Tech Camps — which Wojcicki's and Sandberg's kids had attended — to spin off a girls-only chain of tech camps that Wojcicki's daughter went on to attend..
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