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D&I weekly news round up: Special edition

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round Up - this is a very special 250th edition. Today we are talking about Uber’s diversity report and the latest research about gender stereotypes – and we are sharing a “best of” from the past 50 editions. Enjoy!

Discussing in a conference room
Caroline Berns 

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Category, topic & hashtags

Diversity

On Monday, Uber released their latest diversity report, including their ambition for the next three years. In order to improve the number of women and minorities, they have now decided to tie their executive bonuses to diversity targets.           

Gender stereotypes

According to a new study, published this week in the American Psychologist, some gender stereotypes have shifted significantly in the past 70 years. Most people believe now that women are as competent as men, but women are still seen as less ambitious.       

And here are some of the most popular articles/videos from the past 50 editions:

Racial bias          

Consumer goods company Procter & Gamble recently released this really powerful video “The Look”, as part of their campaign to raise awareness about racial bias. Please watch!                    

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.       

Women’s empowerment        

Nike’s “Dream crazier” was launched at the Oscars this year. The advert is narrated by Serena Williams and celebrates the achievements of women in sports. Worth watching!

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?

Inclusion        

The 21st of March was World Down Syndrome Day and the Down Syndrome awareness organisation "Wouldn't Change a Thing" released her latest video "Don’t Stop Me Now!”. Definitely worth watching!

Unconscious bias      

Looking at the results of over 4 million implicit bias tests, researchers from Harvard University saw a big drop in sexual orientation as well as racial bias over the past ten years – but bias based on body weight actually increased by 40%. Read more here.

Diversity

When two students in Texas noticed the lack of ad diversity and Asian representation inside their local McDonald’s, they came up with a plan to hang up a poster of themselves. For 51 days, no one at the branch actually noticed, until a tweet about their prank went viral.             

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