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Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Aug 10, 2018

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!

Diversity & Inclusion Round Up
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Category

Diversity

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!

Gender

For probably a decade, a medical school in Tokyo deliberately changed the entrance exam test scores of the female applicants to keep the number of women at a low level. According to lawyers investigating this discrimination, this was done to push men with low scores into the school (with officials receiving bribes) – and because they argued that women will leave the profession anyway to have children. Read more here.

Women in STEM

According to an experiment conducted by researchers from MIT and London Business Schoolmen see STEM job adverts 20% more often than women. This is not because companies target more men, it simply has to do with the algorithms that are being used to show those adverts, as they focus on cost-effectiveness. Women have higher purchasing power and are therefore more expensive to reach.

Inclusion & Tech

Google Glass was never really successful – but a new study showed interesting results for children with autism. The small trial, conducted by researchers from Stanford University, used the glasses together with an app and gamification to support social interactions between the children and their parents.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
Caroline Berns
Caroline Berns is the Head of Talent Acquisition for Ericsson Middle East & Africa and is really passionate about Diversity & Inclusion. Born in Germany, she lived in the US and various countries in Europe until 2012, when she moved to South Africa.
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