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  • Google’s diversity programs (#1)
  • Future Fund in the UK (#12)
  • Women in video games (#9)
  • James Damore’s lawsuit (#19)


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Google has significantly rolled back its diversity and inclusion initiatives in an apparent effort to avoid being perceived as anti-conservative, according to eight current and former employees. Since 2018, internal diversity and inclusion training programs have been scaled back or cut entirely, four Google employees and two people who recently left the company told NBC News in interviews. In addition, they said, the team responsible for those programs has been reduced in size, and positions previously held by full-time employees have been outsourced or not refilled after members of the diversity teams left the company.


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Quartz

As a co-founder and CEO of an essential service operating during the pandemic, I’ve been working remotely for more than a month. As an extrovert, I have to admit I’ve felt cooped up and was initially wary of the online-only workspace. As a woman, though, I’ve ultimately come to notice that working remotely provides unexpected benefits that in-person meetings don’t.


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World Bank

In today’s ultra-connected world, the fact that the mobile gender gap has significantly narrowed is welcome news. Recent research by GSMA shows that in low-and-middle countries, women are 20% less likely to use mobile internet than men, down from 27% three years earlier, a reduction driven primarily by a significant improvement in South Asia. While this is cause for celebration, we have way more work to do in order to close the gender gap. This is particularly the case during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), when digital technologies have become our lifeline. The crisis may in fact reinforce the digital gender divide, including through its impact on girls’ education. Now is the time to do something about it.


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The challenge of equality in tech is seen in the big companies, but extends around the world and to issues such as access to the internet in the first place. Here Boutheina Guermazi writes for the World Bank, with a focus on South Asia.

Wamda

Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, Sana Afouaiz, founder of Womenpreneur, an organisation established to support women entrepreneurs, toured three countries in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) to gain an insight into the challenges faced by women founders in the region. In this article, Afouaiz outlines the steps needed to overcome these challenges.


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Forbes

In March 2020, TrustRadius, a software review company, published its second annual Women in Tech Report based on a survey of over 700 tech professionals in America. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about abrupt changes to all of our lives, including nearly universal school closures, increased remote work policies, and a historic economic downturn. As a result, TrustRadius decided to publish an update to their initial report highlighting crucial data about how the arrival of the coronavirus in America has impacted women in tech.


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Bangkok Post

Asean member states have a unique opportunity to address the digital gender divide through emerging Covid-19 recovery plans. Early indications from Covid-19 research, as well as evidence from past epidemics, suggest that women, on average, are likely to suffer greater economic and social impact during the crisis caused by the pandemic.


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Forbes

This is a series on how feminist and gender justice funders are responding to COVID-19 pandemic. View the last piece about emergency funding.


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The Ringer

In April, Ubisoft announced the next installment in its never-ending Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Although the game’s marketing materials and trailer featured a male main character, Valhalla will give gamers the option of playing as either a male or female version of its Viking protagonist. A choice of playable protagonist isn’t a first for the franchise — Valhalla’s predecessor, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, also allowed players to select either a male or female main character — but whereas Odyssey expanded the series’ roleplaying elements, Valhalla seems set to double down on bloodshed. Ubisoft’s press release promised raids “more action-packed and brutal than anything Assassin’s Creed has seen before, thanks to a visceral new combat system that lets you bash, dismember, and decapitate your foes.”


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NPR

Very briefly, at the end of 2019 and the start of 2020, there were slightly more women on American nonfarm payrolls than men.


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Telangana Today

Hyderabad: The Ficci Ladies Organisation’s (FLO) outgoing national president, Harjinder Kaur conferred honour and award to FLO Hyderabad Chapter and its chairperson Sona Chatwani for an initiative — Interface with Government best policy intervention for women. The award was conferred during a virtual change of guard at the national level, where a new national president took over from the current president Harjinder Kaur.


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Sifted

The news came after France and Germany announced their own support schemes for the tech sector, and on the back of fervent lobbying by the Save Our Startups campaign. As part of a £500m Future Fund, the government promised to invest £250m alongside private investors into high-growth companies, and also said it would make £750m worth of grants and loans available to research and development-heavy small businesses.


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Readers of this newsletter will likely be familiar with the Future Fund in the UK, as well as a push to change it to make sure it does not increase inequality. Here Sifted digs into the issues of investors, diversity, and perpetuating the status quo.

ZDNet

But she thinks relentless pressure will eventually bring about a culture change.


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UPI

May 11 — Countries around the world are focused on enforcing stay-at-home edicts, lockdowns and even curfews to halt the exponential spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 — and policies to assist those thrown out of work as a result. Yet, what will come later also deserves attention — particularly how policies might affect women already struggling to join the workforce in developing economies.


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The Guardian

Ever wanted a friend who is always there for you? Someone infinitely patient? Someone who will perk you up when you’re in the dumps or hear you out when you’re enraged?


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South China Morning Post

Developer conference, usually a highlight of the year for Apple fans, has been forced by coronavirus to move online and become a virtual event


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Governing

How the city of Newark is making sure entrepreneurs of color are at the forefront of business expansion and real estate development


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Times of India

A glimpse of the “Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership Roles ” webinarWomen have always been known for their multitasking abilities. But now, they are more than just multitaskers who not only excel in their professional life but meet the demands of their personal and social life with grace and dignity. To discuss the roles of women as successful entrepreneurs and leaders, the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry had organised an enlightening webinar on “Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership Roles” recently.


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Sifted

Women leave the legal profession in droves because of the lack of flexibility, but harnessing tech can change that, says Alice Stephenson.


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Bloomberg

A lawsuit that made a big bang in Silicon Valley two years ago with allegations of mistreatment of politically conservative tech workers came to a quiet end this week.


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James Damore shot to controversial fame in 2017 with a memo to his coworkers at Google, though accompanying that was a lawsuit. Here Bloomberg breaks news of him ending the suit, though it still had effects such as those mentioned in the NBC piece at the top of this list.

Mehr News

At the 2018 World Meeting for Mathematics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Iranian Mathematical Society proposed designating Maryam Mirzakhani’s birthday (May 12) as a day for celebrating women in mathematics. The proposal was approved.


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Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR – When the coronavirus stopped her husband working, Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc’s small business of selling cosmetics from home became the main income for this Vietnamese family of four


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Guardian

One of Europe’s leading engineering universities is being investigated over claims of unfair sexual discrimination after it increased its cohort of female academics by 25 percent by opening its vacancies exclusively to women.


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Forbes

Annie Brown is the founder of Lips, an AI and blockchain-enabled social commerce platform for women and LGBTQ creators.


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Business Insider ($)

Cassandra Stavrou, the cofounder and CEO of snack company PROPER, led her team of 50 employees to £30 million in retail sales just last year.


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Racine Journal Times

ATLANTA — Disheka Moore grew up in Section 8 housing on the north side of Racine. Now Moore, 21, is a first-generation college student who has interned at Microsoft and is on track to graduate from Spelman College next spring with a degree in computer science.


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