Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Mar 29 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about Barbie’s “The Dream Gap” Campaign, a genderless AI voice, why disability inclusion is so important and why the first all-women spacewalk won’t happen after all. Happy Friday!

D&I Roundup
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Inclusion

This very interesting report from Accenture is showing why it is so important for companies to practice disability inclusion. Companies can not only tap into underutilized and underestimated talent pools, but there is also a strong correlation between disability inclusion and shareholder returns.

Non-binary Gender

The default settings for female AI assistants like Alexa or Siri are female voices. But why do AI assistants have to have a gender? Listen to Q, the first genderless AI voice, developed in Denmark.

Women in STEM

The first all-female spacewalk was scheduled for today – but unfortunately it had to be cancelled as it turned out that they did not have enough spacesuits that fit the women. The walk will now be done by a mixed team instead. Read more here.

Girls Empowerment

Starting from the age of 5, girls stop believing they can become anything and by the age of 7, they often think boys are smarter than them. Barbie (Mattel) released the "The Dream Gap" video, asking for everyone's help to close this gap and help girls to reach their full potential. 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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