D&I Friday Read No. 123

Diversity
Twitter just released their first Diversity report since hiring ex-Apple Jeffrey Siminoff as their Head of D&I in Dec 2015. Since 2015, Twitter managed to increase the number of blacks from 2% to 3% and females (overall) from 34% up to 37%. In addition to sharing gender and race, Twitter is now also capturing the sexual orientation of their new hires (on a voluntary basis of course).

Gender
Researchers from three US universities just published a study in the magazine “Science” after they had tested 400 children between the ages 5 to 7 to understand at what age children start being influenced by gender stereotypes. The researchers found that while girls at the age of 5 still consider themselves as brilliant as the boys, from the age 6 onwards girls are much less likely to associate brilliance with their own gender. Read more here.

Diversity
This beautiful Danish TV station ad “All that we share” shows that putting people into boxes does not work and that we all have more in common than we think – definitely worth watching!

Gender Equality
The Super Bowl is coming up on Sunday, and as you most likely know, the commercials are always getting a lot of attention. This powerful advert “Daughter” from the German car manufacturer Audi will be aired during the third quarter and addresses gender equality and the wage gap. Also definitely worth watching!

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D&I Friday Read No. 122

Unconscious Bias
A very interesting HBR article on why algorithms are unfortunately not the answer to eliminate discrimination in the hiring process. The biggest challenge with these algorithms is that they are human-made and learn from existing data, which (in most cases) reflect biases.

Diversity
A very inspiring and beautiful collection of diversity shown in fashion and beauty adverts in 2016 – celebrating all generations, skin colours, sizes, sexual identification and genders.

Diversity
Pinterest just released their 2016 Diversity Report and they made some good progress – they now have 26% women in tech (up from 21%) and 5% blacks and Hispanics in tech (up from 3%). Going forward though, they said they will actually lower their target for hiring women from 30% down to 25%.

Girls in STEM 
If you are still looking for some last minute holiday gifts for a future scientist, here is a list of great toys and activities (some of them I would actually love to get for myself).

 

 

D&I Friday Read No. 121

Diversity 
Dropbox just released their 2016 diversity report and although they have shown some promising gains in regards to ethnicities and gender (their women in leadership increased by 6 percentage points) they received a lot of negative feedback this week as they decided to announce their diversity report with a picture of their team and the tech community complained that it was not diverse enough (it featured both genders and people from various ethnicities – but no one with a darker skin colour).

Racism
Sweden celebrated Lucia on December 13th and the big department store Ahlens advertised for Lucia costumes using a dark-skinned boy, although the typical Lucia is usually portrayed as a blond girl. The campaign caused a lot of uproar on social media with many racist comments and although the positive feedback quickly outnumbered the negative comments, the store decided to take the advert down. Read more here.

Racism and Tech
Online harassment is a huge issue and none of the big social media platforms seem to be able to handle it. This US researcher did an experiment to fight racism on Twitter, using bots that discourage this behavior through peer-to-peer sanctioning. It was successful and the results are very interesting.

Inclusion
Rogue One”, the latest Star Wars movie, premiered this week and Disney, together with the Filipino telecom Globe, aired this advert to inspire courage and inclusion. Very cute and worth watching!

D&I Friday Read No. 120

Diversity & Tech
New Zealand citizen Richard Lee tried to renew his passport online – only to have his passport picture rejected as “subject eyes are closed”. Richard is from Taiwan originally and the automated system clearly had issues with his eyes. Richard shared the story on social media,  where it went viral – and while I really don’t think that there are any racist reasons for this, it shows again how important it is to consider diversity when developing new technologies. Read more here.

Girls in STEM
Microsoft launched this video to their #MakeWhatsNext campaign a few months ago already, but it’s really awesome so I wanted to share with you anyway: Although it is so important to have role models, kids at school rarely learn about female inventors. How many can you list?

Diversity
Most companies release their diversity reports on a yearly basis and if you remember from the past editions, most companies numbers have only increased slightly, stayed flat, or have even dropped this year. A few companies have actually decided to push back their release – Twitter, Salesforce and Pinterest, which raises the suspicion that they are simply waiting for better times before releasing their numbers. Read more here.

Inclusion
This is the very sweet story of the disabled veteran Clay and his service dog Charlotte. Due to his disability, Clay requires his service dog to stay with him at all times and struggled to find a job – until the hardware store Lowe’s offered to hire both of them, and now Charlotte sports her own Lowe’s vest and customers love her.

D&I Friday Read No. 119

Diversity/Culture
Wishing “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” has become very common in the Western world. What a lot of people are not aware of though is that this is not about trying to be politically correct – there are actually so many different holidays happening in December, here is a short and very interesting overview!

Gender
This Moroccan TV show was all over the news the past week – the Moroccan state television decided to air a makeup tutorial that showed women how they can hide the traces of domestic violence. The channel has now removed the show and apologized. Read more here.

Unconscious Bias
A very good reminder about the unconscious biases everyone has and how they impact our lives. Did you know that searching on the Google UK image search shows you 75% male doctors – whereas in reality women actually make up half of the doctors in UK?

Inclusion
A new campaign has just been launched on Kickstarter – started by Nickolay Lamm, who is known for making toys more inclusive and inspired Mattel to sell Barbie dolls with different body types. This time he is raising money to mass-produce wheelchairs for dolls in order to normalize disability. Read more here.