Sexism, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace are issues that have been around as long as women have been in the workplace. The #MeToo movement exposed just how pervasive and commonplace it continues to be, and highlighted the systemic issues that leave those who experience it with little redress. advertisement advertisement As more people continue to share their stories of harassment in the workplace, companies who have ignored the issue are seeing the repercussions. Last year, a public scandal involving one of its top leaders led 20,000 Google employees to walk out in protest over the way that the search giant dealt with sexual harassment and misconduct. When Nike leaders discovered the extent to which harassment was rampant in its workplace, six of its top executives left, as Liz Segran previously reported for Fast Company. Workplaces can no longer sweep the problem under the rug, at least to the extent that they might have been able to in the past. … [Read more...] about These apps try to make reporting sexual harassment less of a nightmare. Do they work?
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Spot On is an honoree in the 2017 Innovation By Design Awards, Fast Company‘s annual celebration of the best ideas in design. See the rest of the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions here. Just before Planned Parenthood began celebrating its 100th birthday in October last year, the organization created its first digital product. Spot On is a free period- and birth-control-tracking app that’s been downloaded more than 1 million times since its debut in March 2016. Digital product lab senior director Jenny Friedler explains how the organization’s work at its clinics, visited by 2.4 million people in the U.S. annually, helped differentiate the app from its competitors. We’re the most trusted sexual and reproductive healthcare provider in the country, and we’ve heard every question in the book. Most [tracking apps] focus on fertility and people trying to get pregnant. In the meantime, the average woman will spend about 30 years of her life trying … [Read more...] about “People Love That It’s Not Pink”: How Planned Parenthood Built A Period Tracker For Everyone
The jack-o’-lanterns are peacefully composting, Thanksgiving’s just around the corner, and Hallmark Channel is airing holiday movies faster than you can microwave popcorn. Yes, friends: It’s officially stuff-buying season. advertisement advertisement But just because you’re looking to load up on goodies doesn’t mean you need to over-stress your wallet. These apps, sites, and services can help you ensure your dollar goes as far as possible during the holidays. 1. Just browsing If you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for but you are exactly sure you want a deal on it, then DealNews (Android, Apple, web) is a good place to start. This deal-finding site has been around for what seems like forever and does an admirable job of scouring the web for savings on products from hundreds of stores. You’ll notice an emphasis on daily deals and flash sales, so be sure to check in regularly since the items turn over rather quickly. You … [Read more...] about 5 ways to find the best online deals on Amazon, Google, and more
In October 2016, Planned Parenthood started celebrating its centennial year of providing reproductive and sexual healthcare to women. A few months earlier, the organization launched its first digital product: a free period and birth control tracking app called Spot On, which has been downloaded over 1 million times to date. The app, the first to come out of the organization’s Digital Product Lab, signals how the organization is thinking about continuing their mission into the future. But the success of the app is due mostly to its past: The past few years have seen a slew of period trackers hit the market–but only one has a design informed by the accumulated data from the long history of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. advertisement advertisement “We’re the most trusted sexual reproductive healthcare provider in the country,” says Jenny Friedler, the senior director of the Digital Product Lab. “We really have heard … [Read more...] about Planned Parenthood’s Digital Revolution Has 100-Year-Old Roots
It’s a pristine summer afternoon in New York City, and I’m watching a woman in white climb into a giant cupcake. advertisement advertisement It’s the most exciting thing going down in the Webster Hall press room at BuzzFeed’s Internet Live event, which BuzzFeed is promoting as a variety show that brings the best of the internet to the stage. It’s serving memes, and social media stars, and viral moments that stopped being viral a long time ago, and presenting it all as “talent” with just the taste buds of their tongues in cheek. It’s invite-only, and from the low murmurs I catch wind of, most of the invitees are BuzzFeed employees. The public will get to see an edited version of the event online on August 4. It’s not even streaming anywhere. After tonight, there will really be nothing live about it. The woman in white stands up, lifting what I now realize is a puffy costume over her head, and is resurrected as a cupcake … [Read more...] about I went to BuzzFeed’s first-ever live event. Here were the highs—and many, many lows