As 2020’s protests for racial justice heightened the spotlight on tech’s continued diversity problem, we saw tech leaders respond with public statements and commitments to increase diversity in their workforces. However, little progress has been made to meet the goals they’ve publicly committed to and diversity numbers are still dismal. Even more troubling, we continue to see reports of continuing discrimination and censorship in tech workplaces. In the last few months alone, several prominent Black women have been pushed out of tech companies in hugely public ways: The prominent AI ethics researcher Timnit Gebru was forced out of Google in December, and earlier in 2020 Aerica Shimizu Banks and Ifeoma Ozoma went public with allegations of discrimination at Pinterest. … [Read more...] about Tech’s attempts to diversify are failing. Here’s what to do instead
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“It should make it more equitable for people to get praised and promoted for the right things—that is, the results that they drive—not the wrong things, like the kinds of clothes that you wear, or the way you verbalize in a meeting, or just because you happened to get an office next to someone you can rub shoulders with,” Murph says. “The politicking that had a negative impact on anyone that wasn’t a white male, hopefully that will start to degrade, and you can build more equity around advancement and career progression tied to results.” … [Read more...] about The office as we know it is over—and that’s a good thing
“It’s probably going to be years before we get vaccines into sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia and South America and in other regions,” Weissman says. “What can happen is that since in those areas the virus is growing freely, it’s going to keep mutating. It’s possible that someday a series of mutations might occur that the vaccine doesn’t work well [against]. And then we have to go back and we have to re-immunize the entire world.” … [Read more...] about How easy will it be to update the COVID vaccine if the virus mutates too much?
The most interesting finding in the report is when it looked at whether employees had taken on any new responsibilities in the workplace as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It found that, overall, an astonishing 93% of respondents said they took on new responsibilities. Notably, these new responsibilities came even if their companies hired more employees in 2020. … [Read more...] about Taking on additional responsibilities at work? You’re not alone
mittens made by a school teacher in Vermont from recycled plastic wool repurposed from old sweaters. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga, who sang the national anthem, wore a bright red ballgown skirt along with a fitted blue sweater with an enormous pin on it that looked exactly like the Mockingjay symbol from the Hunger Games. The look was designed by American designer Daniel Roseberry from Schiaparelli, and the pin was supposed to be a dove, to symbolize peace. Amanda Gorman, the 23-year-old Poet Laureate, wore a striking Prada ensemble consisting of a yellow coat, red headband, and bedazzled face mask. She wore a ring featuring a caged bird to honor Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. … [Read more...] about Decoding the fashion at Biden’s inauguration