Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Twitter’s small diversity gains result in cautious outlook for 2017 - DIGITAL TRENDS

by Saqib Shah 
Originally published: January 20, 2017
Publisher: DigitalTrends.com 

Twitter, like many other tech companies, is striving to improve diversity in the workplace. It’s an important issue for the firm, which consistently ranks as a diverse platform in terms of its user base. Twitter also boasts a self-professed socially aware CEO in the guise of Jack Dorsey (who can forget the #StayWoke t-shirt he wore on stage at a tech conference in 2016?).

Internally, however, it still hasn’t managed to reflect the inclusiveness found on its service (where conversations around #BlackLivesMatter, #SheInspiresMe and #OrlandoStrong have thrived), although it’s not for want of trying.

Empowering women in the workplace by excluding men - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Originally published: January 21, 2017
Publisher: TheGlobeandMail.com 

In 2015, a Canadian mockumentary called No Men Beyond This Point comically painted a world in which men were no longer evolutionary necessary and, as a result, were dying out. Women, it seemed, managed to get along fine without them and ended up not only running every country smoothly, but their work was valued more than men’s.

Meanwhile, in the real world, things remain very different. Women continue to work hard to penetrate the C-suite, which remains male dominated and the pay gap persists. Yet, rather than pushing their way for a seat at the table, there appears to be a trend among female entrepreneurs who are just saying no to working with men.

Late last year, a new all-female co-working space launched in New York, called The Wing. It reportedly received 1,300 applications on its opening day. While the Wing didn’t respond to an interview request, its website describes its location as a multipurpose space designed to make women’s lives easier and that “magic is created when women gather together.”

More Companies Should Release Their Diversity Numbers - FORTUNE

by Sameer Dholakia
Originally published: January 22, 2017
Publisher: Fortune.com 

The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question, “How can you play a role in advancing workplace equality?” is written by Sameer Dholakia, CEO of SendGrid.

Silicon Valley leaders often say they want to advance workplace equality, but behind closed doors many executives—both male and female—admit they’re not exactly sure how to go about doing it. There is general confusion around what works, what doesn’t, and where to start. Leading a team that’s shown tangible results on diversity over the last few years has given me some insights that are worth sharing:

Release your numbers

Beginning in 2014, SendGrid joined tech heavyweights like Google and Apple in sharing our diversity numbers. Deciding to take this step wasn’t easy, since these reports have tended to stir up controversy. We weren’t sure if our numbers were good enough, but we decided we had to have a benchmark to start with, otherwise we would never be able to show improvement. We also felt that honesty would be empowering, and that releasing the numbers would help us hold ourselves accountable.

Why I Think Women's Solidarity Lives On Beyond The March - FORBES

by Georgene Huang
Originally published: January 22, 2017
Publisher: Forbes.com 

If you read the news this weekend, you probably noticed a sea of pink hats in many photos. On Saturday, according to the the Women’s March organizers, more than 500,000 people descended on Washington D.C. for a celebrity-studded, peaceful protest in support of women’s rights and equality.

As someone whose personal and professional mission it is to improve the lives and workplaces for women, I read the post-march commentary doubting whether the solidarity of female (and male) protestors would live on beyond the day. I, for one, don’t share those doubts.

I don’t believe women (or our important male supporters) will stop at fighting for what they believe in because I see direct contradiction of that on a daily basis. To be clear, my work is not political; I support all women in the workforce regardless of their political affiliation. And every single day, women of all persuasions, colors and types share their advice and stories on Fairygodboss in support of positive change and transparency in the workplace context. What they do isn't easy.

Will Boardroom Gender Balance Improve In 2017? - THE MARKET MOGUL

by  Morgan Franklin 
Originally published: January 23, 2017
Publisher: TheMarketMogul.com 

Despite increasingly vocal pressure from many sources to address the global workplace gender gap, 2016 compounded its status as a testing year in business by returning an overall slowdown in the march towards equality, according to an end-of-year report from the World Economic Forum.

Dashed Hopes
Disparities in salary and stagnant labour force participation rates continue to be responsible for much of the imbalance. However, as the report also states, one key area widely tipped for rapid improvement over the past couple of years stagnated in 2016:

“The number of women in senior positions also remains stubbornly low, with only four countries in the world having equal numbers of male and female legislators, senior officials and managers, despite the fact that 95 countries now have as many – if not more – women educated at university level.” tweet."

9 Leadership Lessons From 'Hidden Figures' About Workplace Diversity And Inclusion - Forbes

by Paolo Gaudiano and Ellen Hunt 
Originally published: January 23, 2017
Publisher: Forbes.com 

There is a reason Hidden Figures has been the top-grossing film for the last two weeks: beyond great performances, this is a story of empowerment, of black women overcoming the double barriers of race and gender. They not only succeed, but in their journey they become heroes in America’s race to space against Russia.

Based on the historically accurate book by Margot Lee Shetterly, the movie tells the story of three African-American women in the 1960s who worked as mathematicians at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

While the movie is a fictional interpretation of the book bearing the same title, many of the historical details are preserved, portraying events that triggered the initial breakdown of racial barriers during a key period of the Civil Rights Movement.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Google Adds Details On Accessibility - DISABILITY SCOOP

by Shaun Heasley 
Originally published: January 17, 2017
Publisher: DisabilityScoop.com 

A small change to Google Maps could make a big difference for people with disabilities.

Alongside information about a business’s hours, telephone number and address, the search giant is now including details about whether or not the location has a wheelchair-accessible entrance.

“It’s a step toward providing more information about the accessibility of places around the world,” said Elizabeth Davidoff, communications manager for Google Maps.