All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘women’

Sandra Bullock on Hollywood Sexism: “I’m Glad They Got Caught”

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the gender pay gap, and though it’s an issue all over the country, its existence in Hollywood has come to the forefront – due to the high visibility of the women involved. For Sandra Bullock, sure, it’s about the money. But Hollywood sexism is much deeper than that. “It’s a bigger issue …

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Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Exacerbated by Lack of Women Engineers, Says Google Exec

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Exacerbated by Lack of Women Engineers, Says Google Exec

According to a Google exec, the Volkswagen emissions scandal could have been avoided or at least mitigated if there were more female engineers working for Volkswagen. Managing Director and VP Sales & Operations for Google UK and Ireland Eileen Naughton was speaking at the Geena Davis Institute’s symposium on Gender in Media in London when she made the comments. Here’s …

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Women Use More Social Media, But the Gap Is Closing

Women Use More Social Media, But the Gap Is Closing

Social media use is higher than it’s ever been – across the board. This we know. But is there a marked gender difference in it? According to Pew, a gender gap in social media use still exists, but it’s shrinking. A recent study found that 80% of women use some sort of social networking site, compared to 73% of men. …

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Apple Reveals Modest Improvement in Employee Diversity

Apple Reveals Modest Improvement in Employee Diversity

Last year, when Apple released its first ever diversity report, the company revealed that its workforce was 70 percent male and 55 percent white. Of course, this didn’t set Apple apart from any other major tech company – everyone in Silicon Valley has been struggling with diversity. Tim Cook said he was not happy with that. “Let me say up …

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Twitter, Which Employs 70% Men, Threw a ‘Frat Party’

It’s probably not a big deal for a Twitter team to get together and play some beer pong. Maybe in another climate, it wouldn’t even be a big deal to call said party a “frat party”. But when all of Silicon Valley, itself included, is facing criticism for a severe problem with gender diversity – it’s probably not the best …

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Twitter Promises to Work on Its Diversity Problem

Twitter has made a promise, albeit a bit vague, to make sure its workforce is more diverse. The company has partnered with the UN’s HeForShe initiative, a “solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all.” “Twitter will use its full reach to advance …

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Facebook Is Requiring Minorities Be Considered for All Open Positions

Facebook has a diversity problem. Facebook is far from the only company in the Valley with a diversity problem, but it exists nonetheless. When it comes to the company’s over 10,000 employees, the landscape is very white and very male. So, what’s Facebook doing about this? It’s in the process of instituting its own “Rooney Rule”. Established in 2003, the …

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Uber Driver Accused of Rape, Kidnapping in Philadelphia

In my god what the hell are people doing news, another Uber driver has been accused of rape and kidnapping, and was apparently not suspended until at least 40 days after the alleged incident occurred – a disturbing wrinkle in an already disturbing story. According to Philadelphia, a woman filed a report with Philadelphia police on February 6th, the same …

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Madonna: Gays Doing Well; Time for Women

When Madonna recently gave an exclusive interview to Out! Magazine, she said something that has ignited a bit of controversy. While Madonna is very proud of her background and involvement in the gay community, she contrasts the advances in rights for gays and African-Americans with those of women. “Gay rights are way more advanced than women’s rights. People are a …

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Julianne Moore Loves Women, But Stop Saying She Only Plays Lesbians

Julianne Moore doesn’t like being pigeon-holed. She thinks there are some misconceptions out there about who she is and the kinds of roles she plays. She’d like to set the recored straight. “Some people say, ‘You play happy people,’ and I’m like, ‘No.’ Or ‘You play people who have affairs,’ and I’m like, ‘No.’ Or ‘You play lesbians,’ and I’m …

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Uber: We’ll Hire a Million Female Drivers by 2020

Uber, a company that’s had its fair share of safety issues concerning female passengers, has announced a new initiative to get more women behind the wheel. Uber has pledged to create one million jobs for women drivers over the next four years. According to the company, the goal is to accelerate economic opportunity for women across the world. “Today, UN …

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Apple Donates $50M to Further Racial & Gender Diversity in Tech

Fresh off its big smartwatch event, Apple is donating more than $50 million to groups that help promote diversity in the workplace. Specifically, Apple is donating to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a non-profit that aims to help students at HBCUs, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The fund’s mission is to “partner with our member-schools to increase access, retention …

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Shonda Rhimes Says The Glass Ceiling Is Still There

Shonda Rhimes is one of the most prominent women in television today as the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal. She’s also frequently recognized as one of the leading voices behind the advancement of women and African-Americans in media. Despite all this success, she doesn’t feel that women are treated better in entertainment. The Hollywood Reporter reports that …

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Women Are Happiest Working for These Tech Companies

Among other things, 2014 has been the year of the diversity report. Like dominoes, tech company after tech company has made a point to release their internal diversity figures – basically, gender and ethnic breakdowns of the companies’ workforces. As more and more companies released these numbers, more and more companies felt compelled to do the same. By the end …

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Gene Simmons Tells Women, Men ‘Will Run Out on You’; Make Your Own Money

Gene Simmons is a man with his own opinions, which he holds dear. Whether he is claiming rock and roll is dead — which is, thankfully, being challenged and disproven by Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters — or telling depressed people to go kill themselves, or calling reality TV music competition shows ‘sugar-coated shit’, Simmons is anything but shy. Recently, …

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AOL Launches BBG Fund Focused On Women-Led Tech Start-Ups

AOL announced a new venture fund focused on early stage investments in women-led consumer internet start-ups, and appointed Susan Lyne to run it. It’s called the BBG Fund. The BBG Fund will make seed and Series A investments, focusing on multiplatform media, services, and commerce. AOL says it’s part of a broader initiative to bring more women into tech. Lynne …

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Pinterest: Beloved by Women, Run by Men

Pinterest, by most every account, is a female-dominated social network. One recent report found that its user base is as much as 80 percent female. Not only that, but women are making 92 percent of the pins. 92 percent! It turns out, however, that this social network, beloved by women, is pretty much run by men – just like every …

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Makeup Tips: From Nip Tuck To Subtle Tweaks

The Jenna Marbles makeup spoof went viral several years ago for two reasons. 1. It’s hilarious. 2. It’s hilarious because it’s true. 3. There is no 3 – but if you’re a profane-a-phobe, this is your warning that you might not enjoy Jenna’s video as much as the other 60 million folk who watched it did: When I was enjoying …

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Female Billionaires Of 2014 Ranked By Forbes

Female billionaires are nothing new, but they are often overshadowed by their male equivalents. To highlight the careers of these women, Forbes has put together a Power Women list. In the latest list, 13 of the women boast fortunes that meet or exceed $1 billion. According to Forbes, 10 of the 13 female billionaires on its list are self-made. In …

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GNOME Foundation Has Run Out Of Money

The GNOME Foundation is one of the cornerstones of the open-source software development community. Not only does the foundation work to create their own free software computing platform, but it also funds outreach programs. As it turns out, those outreach programs combined with some bad bookkeeping has landed the foundation in trouble. The GNOME Foundation announced this week that it …

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Blue Jeans And Skin Spikes: Bad Ads’ Photoshop Fails

A facepalm worthy Photoshop job is one thing. But when a recent Target ad ruffled feathers with a half-assed editing job on model’s bikini clad body (no – literally – half of her undercarriage is missing), it was cause for questions, like: “Why’d they cut off her lady parts?” and “Will this mid-kini give me some sweet underarm and hip …

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Women’s Day 2014 Gets Google Doodle

Google is celebrating International Women’s Day 2014 with a doodle, and featuring a video with women from around the world. Google says in a Google+ post, “Happy International Women’s Day! Celebrated every year on March 8, we’re getting started a little early with our doodle, now live on homepages around the world. This truly international doodle features 100+ inspiring women …

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Groupon Celebrates Women’s History Month

Groupon has partnered with Barbara Corcora – a businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant, syndicated columnist, author and TV personality – to celebrate women-led businesses in the U.S. for Women’s History Month. For the first time, Groupon will feature a set of deals from women-led businesses, which customers can support by purchasing. “Women are a powerful force behind the success of one …

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Swimsuits: Shape Hacks For Your Unique Physique

It might seem ridiculous to be reading this while there’s still frost on the windows. But let’s face it: warm weather is forthcoming and it’s certainly not going to wait for your latest fitness routine to start taking effect, either. Plus, if you’ve got an upcoming tropical getaway in the works, those plane tickets and hotel reservations also don’t care …

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Kurt Cobain Talks Gay Thoughts, Homophobic Mother And Oppression Of Women In Lost Interview

PBS Digital Studios’ Blank on Blank is highlighting a “lost interview” with legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. He was interviewed by Jon Savage for Identity in New York City on July 22, 1993. In the highlights below, Cobain talks about his problems in high school, his mother, his ancestry, stomach pain, sexism in music, punk rock, thinking he was gay …

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Google Autocomplete Misogyny Serves as the Focal Point for These Powerful Ads

Google autocomplete, for all its various detractors, is simply a reflection of the people. Google’s not picking what it suggests to you when you start typing a query – you are. Well, maybe not you entirely. Google’s autocomplete suggestions are based on a complex algorithm that take into account the popularity of specific search terms, your own personal search history, …

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Disney: Due To Emotions, Women Are Harder To Animate

Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen” will make its premier on November 27th on the silver screens all across theaters in American in the form of a Disney 3d animated adaptation titled, Frozen. Lately, Frozen has fired up a lot of controversy surrounding its rehashed Disney-fied version of the story, where most of the female characters are replaced with men. …

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Breast Cancer Awareness, Think Pink

October is here, which means it’s time to think pink. Breast Cancer Awareness Month has many special events operating in local communities in order to promote breast cancer, which is a wonderful thing considering most women are unable to determine their own risk for the disease. According to a recent study less than ten percent of woman can honestly assess …

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India Gang Rape Verdict Met With Outrage

The first verdict in a gang rape trial in New Delhi sentenced a teenager to three years’ detention, and the reaction has been widespread outrage. Protestors outside the court, and the victim’s family, demanded the assailant be hanged. The case that resulted in the trial happened in December 2012, when a group of six attacked a 23-year-old female physiotherapy student …

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Barbra Streisand Jumps Right Into Delicate Subjects In Israel

Barbra Streisand is touring Israel right now and has broached a very delicate subject on her first major stop: the treatment of women by Orthadox Jews. The iconic singer was there to receive an honorary doctorate in philosophy from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and will perform two concerts in Tel Aviv, as well as sing for Israeli President Shimon Peres’ …

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