Google employee’s memo triggers another crisis for a tech industry struggling to diversify

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LA Times August 7, 2017 By Tracey Lien and David Pierson When Google realized in 2013 it had a diversity problem, it followed the corporate playbook by introducing workshops to train employees about hidden biases. But four years later — and after sending three-quarters of its 70,000 employees through sensitivity training — the Mountain View tech giant is now reeling …

Miss Peru Pageant turns into gender violence protest

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BBC November 1, 2017 Participants in Peru’s Miss Universe Pageant broke with tradition and recited statistics detailing violence against women rather than give their body measurements. The organisers also joined in showing news material of prominent cases of gender-based attacks. The 23 aspiring beauty queens were hoping to get through to November’s Miss Universe Competition in Las Vegas. Last year …

Is Gender Diversity Profitable Evidence from a Global Survey

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Peterson Institute of Economics
Marcus Noland, Tyler Moran, and Barbara Kotschwar

Analysis of a global survey of 21,980 firms from 91 countries suggests that the presence of women in corporate leadership
positions may improve firm performance. This correlation could reflect either the payoff to nondiscrimination or the
fact that women increase a firm’s skill diversity. Women’s presence in corporate leadership is positively correlated with
firm characteristics such as size as well as national characteristics such as girls’ math scores, the absence of discriminatory
attitudes toward female executives, and the availability of paternal leave. The results find no impact of board
gender quotas on firm performance, but they suggest that the payoffs of policies that facilitate women rising through the
corporate ranks more broadly could be significant.