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D&I Weekly News Round Up: Algorithmic Bias, Generation and more

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are talking about a school in South Korea teaching illiterate grandmothers how to read and write, the Apple card being accused of gender bias, new research confirming that girls are as good at maths as boy and how the legalization of same-sex marriage reduced the number of suicides in Denmark and Sweden.

Caroline Berns
Caroline Berns 

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Algorithmic Bias

Goldman Sachs and the Apple Card are currently being probed by New York regulators for algorithmic gender bias. According to cardholders, the credit limit offered to men is significantly higher than what is offered to women, even if they have shared assets and accounts. Read more here.

Gender Stereotypes

“Girls are bad at maths” is a very common stereotype. But there is new evidence that this not true and according to a study that was looking at brain activities, girls have the same maths abilities as boys. The researchers are now hoping that their findings will change the perception and get more girls into STEM.

LGBTQ+

According to researchers, legalizing same-sex marriages can have a significant impact on suicide rates. The study looked at how the numbers fell in Denmark and Sweden since the legalization and said that the reduction of stigma plays a central role.

Generation

South Korea’s birth rates are among the lowest in the world – and some schools are struggling to get new students. One school now decided to enrol illiterate grandmothers, teaching them how to read and write. Worth watching!

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