Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: May 24 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about Snap’s new Head of D&I, Mercedes-Benz trying to get more girls to play with toy cars, how Siri and Alexa reinforce gender biases and why women prefer warmer offices. Happy Friday!

D&I Roundup
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Diversity

Snap, the company behind Snapchat, announced this week that they have hired Oona King (the former Google Director of Diversity Strategy) as their first Head of D&I. Snap faced accusations of unequal treatment of women and minorities in the past years.

Bias

According to a study from UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) female AI voice assistants (e.g. Siri and Alexa) reinforce gender biases. When facing verbal abuse, the voice assistants respond with subservient or flirtations answers.

Gender

I am sure you have heard of the cliché that female colleagues prefer a warmer office and male colleagues like to turn up the aircon? It turns out, that temperature actually impacts performance. A recent study shows that women perform better on maths and verbal tests at higher temperatures, whereas men had better (but statistically insignificant) results at cooler temperatures.

Gender Stereotypes

Mercedes-Benz partnered with toymaker Mattel to release the "No Limits" campaign. According to research, very few girls play with toy cars, as these are seen as boys toys. Mercedes-Benz USA is trying to change this gender stereotype and is giving away toy cars to girls in primary school.

 


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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