Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: July 27, 2018
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about a VR project that lets you experience racism, parents who raise gender neutral children, a woman who created 270 Wikipedia entries of other women scientists and the latest American Eagle fashion campaign, featuring models with disabilities. Happy Friday!
A VR project called “1000 Cut Journey” was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The virtual reality experience, created in collaboration between Stanford University and Columbia University, allows the viewer to experience school and workplace racism themselves. Watch the video here.
Interesting article about gender identity and parents who decide to raise their children completely gender neutral, so called “theybies”. According to researchers, gender identity is mainly influenced by a child’s environment, and without revealing the birth assigned gender to anyone outside the family, the parents try to prevent gender stereotyping.
Women in STEM
After seeing failed campaigns like “Science: it’s a girl thing!” and learning that only 8% of the science and engineering workforce in UK are women, physicist Dr. Jess Wade decided to take her own initiative. She has since then created over 270 Wikipedia profiles for female scientists and promotes them via social media and also repeatedly nominates other women for scientific prizes.
The well-known clothing company American Eagle just launched a new fashion campaign for their lingerie brand Aerie, featuring models with various disabilities. The brand has had a no-retouching policy for a while, but with this campaign they show not only the diversity of various ethnicities, but also represent various chronic illnesses and disabilities.