Some very interesting insights from the chief diversity officers at SAP, IBM and Atlassian on how they drive diversity in regards to gender, generation and race. IBM for example has created “New Collar” jobs to build their talent pipeline for areas like cloud or cognitive computing, recruiting tech talent from non-traditional backgrounds.
According to a study from Stanford University, Artificial Intelligence can guess people’s sexual orientation with an accuracy of up to 91%, simply by looking at pictures of their faces. This raises questions about the ethics of facial recognition software, but also points strongly to a biological origin of sexual orientation.
Gender stereotypes can be harmful for both men and women. The Movember Foundation just published three videos to raise awareness about men, masculinity and mental health. The “how to” videos show men doing “manly” things, but actually come with a hidden message (turn on the sound).
One of the most controversial discussions this week was kicked off by a large UK retailer: Trying to overcome gender stereotypes, John Lewis decided to remove gender-specific labels from their children’s clothes brand.
The Global Shapers Survey from the World Economic Forum is one of the biggest surveys of young people and the 2017 results have just been released. According to the survey, integrity and honesty are valued the highest above all other characteristics from leaders (including employers).
Very interesting HBR article about gender norms and the way men dress at work. The suit stands for masculinity and success – so what happens when men challenge these norms and what does it mean for the work place?
According to this interview with the stock photo company Getty Images, there is a new trend that shows how gender roles are changing: searches for term like “women coding”, “women and STEM” and “stay at home dad” have increased significantly over the past year.
I really like this project: Photographer Josh Rossi created the most amazing Justice League photo series with disabled and sick children, turning their weaknesses into strengths.
Airbnb has been struggling with racial discrimination on the hosting as well as the booking side for the past years. This week they announced that they have hired Lethal Weapon actor Danny Glover (who is also a social justice activist) as an advisor to help the company overcome their issues.
According to a recent survey in UK, being promoted to a management role has a negative impact on women’s job satisfaction. The main reason for this was subtle discrimination and the beliefs – from both men and women – that women are less competent managers.
Always (Procter & Gamble) just launched a new video for their #LikeaGirl campaign. The advert talks about the fear of failure and was created after the Always Confidence & Puberty Survey revealed that girls in puberty miss important growth opportunities as 50% of them feel paralyzed by the fear of failure.
This was a bold campaign: A German supermarket (Edeka) in Hamburg decided to pull all foreign-made products off their shelves for one day, showing how important diversity is for our everyday lives. Read more here.
Intel just released their latest diversity report and they are now half way into their five year diversity initiative. The report shows slow growth for women and minorities, with women representing 26% of their workforce (up from 24.7% in 2015) and minorities 12.65 (up from 12.4% in 2015).
Procter & Gamble launched a new advert “The Talk” as part of their “My Black is Beautiful” campaign. The short video shows black mothers preparing their children for racism they will face.
Procter & Gamble has a long history of raising awareness for social issues through their campaigns, the Always “Like a Girl” initiative probably being the most popular one.
I had somehow missed this TEDx Talk from Kristen Pressner (Head of HR at Roche Diagnostics) last year, but it’s really worth listening to: Kristen, being a senior female leader, talks about how she recognized her own unconscious bias against women leaders and how she returned it to consciousness.
Developmental psychologists have been warning about gender segregation of toys for a while as this might actually harm childhood development. This very interesting experiment looked at how adults play with children based on their gender – only to learn later that things are not always what they seem.
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Over 3 years old already but still one of the most popular videos – the Always “Like a Girl” campaign. If you haven’t watched it, please do!
“Walking like a girl”, “throwing a ball like a girl” “fighting like a girl” is often used in a very negative context. This video is showing children and teenager who are being ask to act “like a girl” – and their reactions.
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.
Women in the Workforce
A very interesting NY Times article on the various reasons why we are still battling to see more women heading up Fortune 500 companies. The author spoke to women who almost made it to the top and also looked at a Korn Ferry survey with senior executives and there still seems to be a strong bias against women becoming CEOs.
Gail Tolstoi-Miller did a fantastic TED Talk about unconscious bias in recruitment. Gail is a career coach with many years of experience in recruitment and shares her own experience with biases and how she unraveled them.
When we think of a 91 year old woman we usually think of a granny who can barely move. Not Johanna Quaas though – this 91 year German gymnast is still competing and has more core strength than most people half her age (or younger). Read more here.
This one I had only shared last week but it got lots of votes:
If you like Pixar/animated movies, you have to watch this: Two computer animation students just released their senior thesis project, a short film called “In a Heartbeat”, telling the story of a boy and his boy crush. So sweet!
Nike’s advert “Da Da Ding” is a very empowering video featuring various Indian female athletes and Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone. Sports is often seen as very masculine and not suitable for young women in India and this video is encouraging them to break conventions.