Diversity

March is #womenshistory month

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I want to try something new on the blog and feature some new thoughts and themes each month … and I thought that I’d start this month with women’s history month.

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Under pressure, Facebook targets sexist hate speech – CNN.com

Under mounting pressure from activists and advertisers, Facebook is ramping up efforts to stamp out hate speech, particularly depictions of violence against women.

The move, announced Tuesday, came after a weeklong campaign by women’s groups targeting pages that celebrated or made light of rape, domestic violence and sexual degradation of women.

“In recent days, it has become clear that our systems to identify and remove hate speech have failed to work as effectively as we would like, particularly around issues of gender-based hate,” Marne Levine, a Facebook vice president in charge of public policy, wrote in a post on the site.

“In some cases, content is not being removed as quickly as we want. In other cases, content that should be removed has not been or has been evaluated using outdated criteria. We have been working over the past several months to improve our systems to respond to reports of violations, but the guidelines used by these systems have failed to capture all the content that violates our standards. We need to do better — and we will.”

via Under pressure, Facebook targets sexist hate speech – CNN.com.

Congrats Eva Longoria and the girls in STEM careers

Eva Longoria graduates, earns master’s degree in Chicano Studies from Cal State Northridge - NY Daily News

I think that this is a great story — here thesis was  “Success STEMS From Diversity: The Value of Latinas in STEM Careers,” STEM standing for science, technology, engineering and math.

What a timely and relevant topic — I know I’m always interested in how do we get more girls into the STEM careers.

I happen to work in a tech industry — AND — I have an undergraduate degree in a STEM field — yes I know, the ironies that I work in HR are not lost on me – but that’s a different blog post — so I think that this is an important topic for diversity, talent, and developing the youth of the future.

Way to go Eva! — plus OMG, LOVE those shoes (you can be academically accomplished AND still girlie and into fashion — girls need to know that its not one or the other)!
Making the HR connection — and totally wanting to go shoe shopping… yours, thegirlinhr!

Eva Longoria graduates, earns master’s degree in Chicano Studies from Cal State Northridge

After three years of studying, the ‘Desperate Housewives’ star graduated in a ceremony Wednesday night as her proud parents looked on.

The 38-year-old actress graduated Wednesday night from a Master’s program at California State University Northridge.

White kids will no longer make up a majority in just a few years – May. 15, 2013

White, non-Hispanic kids will no longer make up the majority of America’s youth in just five to six years, according to Census Bureau projections released Wednesday.

Those projections, which include four different scenarios for population growth, estimate that today’s minority ethnic groups will soon account for at least half of the under-18 population, either in 2018 or 2019.

“This is going to start from the bottom of the age distribution and move its way up,” said William Frey, demographer and senior fellow for the Brookings Institution. “All of these projections show we’re moving to greater diversity in the United States.”

Already, more than half of American babies being born belong to racial and ethnic groups traditionally thought of as “minorities” — which means it could soon be time to toss that word out completely.

By the time those kids grow up to become adults — sometime between 2036 and 2042 — everyone in the working-age population (ages 18 to 64) will be a member of a group that comes up short of the 50% line.

Demographers call it a “minority-majority.” No one single racial or ethnic group will make up more than half of the population.

White, non-Hispanic people currently make up about 63% of the entire United States population. Starting in 2041, they’ll account for less than half, according to projections.

via White kids will no longer make up a majority in just a few years – May. 15, 2013.