Susan Wojcicki, CEO YouTube said that Donald Trump can really help Silicon Valley by passing a law that makes it mandatory for companies to offer paid parental leave.
No 16 on Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women, Susan is one of the most prominent female voices in technology. After only a few months as YouTube chief, Susan announced that under her watch, the number of female employees has increased from 24 per cent to 30 per cent in the organisation. She has also written an editorial in Vanity Fair about how to break up Silicon Valley boys’club. She discussed three action implementations to executives: 1) Make diversity at the top 2) Provide money and staff to groups that support female or other underrepresented employees and 3) Give minority employees access to mentors.
Yet, according to the executive order passed by the President on Monday, it is still unclear if Susan Wojcicki will be part of Mr Donald Trump’s newly-formed American Technology Council. Members of this council will focus on coordinating vision, strategy and direction for Federal Government’s use of information technology and the delivery of services through information technology. Despite her cultural clout, Susan hasn’t been approached to be part of this council. If she were invited, her decision about whether to participate would depend on ‘the agent and what’s being planned’.
Appearing at CNN Money’s American Opportunity breakfast in New York City on Wednesday, the CEO discussed at length about the fundamental need for federal paid leave laws to be written in the US. She said, “Paid leave is not just a mother and child issue, it’s a societal issue we have. The lack of this law is a huge issue for keeping women in the economy.” She said the paid leave ranks first on her personal list of top priorities.
While the corporation is currently focussing on H1B visas, patent reform and net neutrality, she cares deeply about affordable child care and science and technical education.