Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Feb 22 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about companies treating their D&I strategy as trade secret, the history of women in STEM, NYC banning the discrimination of hairstyles and “Loneliness”, a really interesting video. Happy Friday!

D&I Roundup
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Diversity & Inclusion

When IBMs Chief Diversity Officer left the company in 2018 to move to Microsoft, they took her to court, claiming she would disclose trade secrets – IBMs diversity strategy and numbers. This HBR article looks at the reasons behind companies not willing to share their D&I data and the implications.

Women in STEM

Very interesting (long) read about the history of women in STEM. Almost 180 years ago, the first person to write a machine algorithm was Lady Ada Lovelace, a woman. In the '60s, computer programming was seen as a women's job. So what happened that we are now battling to get women into coding?
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/13/magazine/women-coding-computer-programming.html

Racism

The New York City Commission on Human Rights released new guidelines that make banning natural hairstyles illegal. This includes Afros, cornrows and twists - hairstyles predominantly worn by black men and women.

Inclusion

Kurzgesagt, a German YouTube channel and design studio, just released this really interesting video about loneliness, how important this feeling was for our ancestors and what the impact is nowadays. Worth watching!


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
Caroline Berns
Caroline Berns is the Head of Talent Acquisition for Ericsson Middle East & Africa. 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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