D&I Weekly News Round Up: Mental Health, Sexism and more

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are talking about the dangers of benevolent sexism, how leaders can support employees’ mental health, biases against Black women with natural hair and a must watch National Geographic documentary. Stay safe everyone!

Caroline Berns

Mental Health

The pandemic, lockdowns, economic downturn - all can impact mental health. This HBR article gives some great tips and tools leaders can use to support their team members.

Racial Bias

According to new research from Duke University, Black women with natural hairstyles (afros, braids, etc.) are perceived as less professional than White women or Black women with straight hair. This bias can have a direct impact on them being interviewed and hired.


Benevolent sexism can come across as positive and seen as compliment – but in the end, it holds women back and is not supporting gender equality. So what is it about and why is it dangerous? This comic explains it.

Women Empowerment

I have mentioned them before – the all-women ranger team Akashinga from Zimbabwe. "Akashinga: The Brave Ones" is a National Geographic documentary short film that was produced by James Cameron and is now available on YouTube. Please watch!

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