Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round-Up: January 26, 2018
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we talk about gender neutral clothing for children, learn about some positive changes happening in the US tech industry, see again why D&I is so crucial for companies and last but not least speak about the woman who inspired the iconic Rosie the Riveter poster. Happy Friday!
McKinsey has just published their latest research on diversity and companies financial performance – and, to no surprise, there is a clear correlation between gender/ethnic diversity and profitability.
We see some movement in the US tech industry in regard to diversity now – Internet Association, the lobbying group for big tech companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon, has just announced that they are hiring a director of diversity and inclusion. Also, this week, Uber announced that they have hired Bo Young Lee as their first ever Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Lee is joining from March where she was the global head of diversity and inclusion.
The clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch introduced a new clothing line for children last week, featuring lots of pink and black and flowers and camo-print – and no gender labels. Offering gender neutral clothing helps brands to become more inclusive and reduces gender stereotyping. Read more here.
Rosie the Riveter is known to most of us and her picture and the slogan “We can do it” is an icon of empowerment. Very few people know about Naomi Parker Fraley though, the woman who inspired the picture. She died last Saturday at 96 and The New York Times published this very interesting obituary.