Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about gender discrimination in Facebook adverts, the latest “Top Companies for Women Technologists” report from AnitaB.org, two students who smuggled a poster into McDonald’s to have better ad diversity and Lyndsey Scott’s reaction to trolls who couldn’t believe she is both a model and a coder. Happy Friday!
This week, charges were filed against Facebook and various employers for excluding women from specific job recruitment campaigns. According to US law, employers are not allowed to discriminate based on gender, but the companies decided to show certain adverts to male candidates only. In the past, Facebook was accused of allowing racial and age discriminations with the help of their advertising filters.
Women in STEM
AnitaB.org just released the latest “Top Companies for Women Technologists” report. As part of the program, they evaluated 80 companies and looked at over half a million technologists and found that progress is slow and women remain underrepresented. Interestingly, the report also showed that companies who made gender diversity training mandatory, seem to promote fewer women.
When two students in Texas noticed the lack of ad diversity and Asian representation inside their local McDonald’s, they came up with a plan to hang up a poster of themselves. For 51 days, no one at the branch actually noticed, until a tweet about their prank went viral. McDonald’s has in the meantime removed the poster but promised to include them in future marketing campaigns.
Women in STEM
“Models are dumb, software developers are ugly.” Some people really seem to believe these stereotypes: when a tech account posted a picture of software developer and former Victoria’s Secret model Lyndsey Scott on Instagram, people commented thatshe couldn’t be a “real” coder. Lyndsey then decided to respond to the trolls and shared her (very impressive) achievements.
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about biased AI bots, the women’s final at the US Open, the #SheCanSTEM campaign and Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell who just donated a US$ 3 Million prize to fund research students. Happy Friday!
One of the concerns with artificial intelligence is that the algorithms behind it might be biased (caused by the developers own biases or the data that is being used to train the system). According to a study from MIT and Cardiff University, it seems that AI bots are also capable of developing prejudice on their own, just by copying each other.
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about class bias in the workplace, India’s decision to decriminalize homosexuality, a code violation at the US Open and Nike’s latest #justdoit campaign. Happy Friday!
Interesting article about class bias in the workplace. So called “class migrants” (professionals who were born to blue-collar families) experience challenges on a regular basis and according to studies, biases impact them during hiring, but also once employed, e.g. at company events or for their career development.
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about returnship programs, how cricket can help gender equality in India, companies that don’t insist on university degrees and a coding superstar from Nigeria. Happy Friday!
After taking long career breaks, e.g. to look after children or sick relatives, a lot of professionals have challenges getting back into the work place. The majority of them are usually women – and companies like Capgemini or Amazon Web Services are now offering so called returnship programs to enable them to return back into mid to senior level roles.
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about inclusive hiring, the oldest female parachutist in the world, an airline accused of sexism and some great STEM YouTube channels that are worth watching. Happy Friday!
Greyston Bakery is known for baking the brownies in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream – and also for their non-conventional approach to hiring. They practice “open hiring”, which means they don’t ask for a CV or background check but offer anyone who wants to work an apprenticeship to show their skills. This inclusive model is now spreading, and Greyston Bakery is training other companies how to implement it. Watch the video here.
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about a great program for girls in STEM, the pros and cons of pay transparency, a discrimination case in Sweden and why diversity in the health care workforce is important. Happy Friday!
Better pay transparency is being discussed widely and so far only 17% of the companies in the private sector in the US actively practice it, whereas the other companies discourage or even prohibit it. But what are the benefits of pay transparency and can this really lead to better pay equality? Interesting article looking at the pros and cons.
We’re shaping the future – 21 secondary school students from the St. Peters School in Guildford, UK, recently visited Ericsson for insight into the opportunity that 5G brings. Our aim was to inspire them to one day be part of our diverse workforce in the future tech market, and by the feedback received, we might be seeing some of them soon! The technology day included a tour of the office, whilst explaining what 5G is about – how it will revolutionise telecommunications and potentially impact all industries for good.
Peter Marshall, Ericsson’s 5G Principal Lead for King’s College London, who immersed the students into the opportunities of 5G, said: “It was a real privilege to present to such an audience and listen to their ideas and questions. It is important that we show all aspects of what Ericsson is about and ensure that those who attended left excited about their visit – the smiles on their faces that was a great sign.”
The highlight of the day was the healing hand which is fundamental component of the “internet of skills” concept developed at the 5G Tactile Internet Lab at King’s College London. Using Ericsson’s cutting-edge 5G network infrastructure in combination with some of the world’s most advanced robotic research, the team at King’s College has created the ability to allow the remote transfer of haptic, tactile, audio and visual technologies. This enables a surgeon or doctor to perform a diagnosis or even surgery on a patient anywhere in the world.
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about a discrimination scandal at a medical school in Japan, an experiment showing that women see less STEM related job adverts than men, a potential new use for Google Glass and last but not least, how it looks like when we merge the faces of 100 CEOs. Happy Friday!
The BBC took pictures from the CEOs of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500 and layered them over each other to create an “average face”. Very interesting video!
Welcome to a special edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Thanks for voting your “Best Of” for our 200th newsletter! (Videos and articles are in no specific order). Happy Friday!
The 21st of March 2018 was World Down Syndrome Day and 50 moms and their children with Down syndrome created this heart-warming Carpool Karaoke style video. Definitely a must watch!
“This Coke is a Fanta” is an expression that has been used in Brazil for years to make fun of homosexuals. Coke, together with the advertising agency Ogilvy, decided to turn this around and make a campaign out of it – which was then awarded with several Lions in Cannes. Awesome idea and great video!