Modern Feminism, As Told By Emma Watson

Harry Potter actress, Emma Watson, is laudable for her continued achievements in acting, academics, and most profoundly her activism for gender equality since the wrap of Deathly Hallows Part 2. She helped launch HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality, and her speech to the UN in September of 2014 regarding feminism has been viewed over 10 million times on YouTube. Last year, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. From a child actress to an Ivy League graduate to a UN Women Global Goodwill ambassador at 24, Watson has grown into a role model worth following and deserves to be recognized in Women’s History Month.
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Are Diversity Policies In The Workplace Working?

We have reported on the lack of diversity in the tech industry numerous times. We know things aren’t going to change overnight but how serious are companies at making a difference? If companies treated diversity issues as they would address drops in profit, changes would probably happen at a much faster rate. Emily Peck of The Huffington Post wrote an interesting piece that all companies looking to make a difference should read. Click here to read article.

Meet The Woman Responsible For Diversity On ABC

Network television hasn’t always been proactive about diversity in casting but when you look at ABC’s line up within the past few years, you’ll notice shows such as How To Get Away With Murder, Scandal and Quantico where women of color are playing lead roles. Well you can thank Keli Lee, EVP of Talent and Casting for ABC, for that. Click here for her one on one Forbes article.

Twitter To Make Changes At The Top To Promote Diversity

We posted an article last week about the lack of diversity in upper management at Twitter and how it affects the company by way of its staffing and ultimately the slow growth in users. Seems like Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, heard that criticism loud and clear and will most likely make changes to its board members as soon as their current terms are up. Click here to read more.

Could Twitter’s Lack of Diversity Within Be Directly Correlated to Decreased Growth Rate?

Former Twitter engineer, Leslie Miley, believes that his former company is stuck at 320 million users because it doesn’t have people making product decisions who understand the most prolific communities on Twitter. Miley believes that by failing to add more African-Americans, Hispanics and women to its engineering team, Twitter is ignoring the segments of its user base that are the most active. Although Twitter does not release the demographics of its user base, a 2014 Pew Research Center survey found that 27 percent of African-American Internet users use Twitter, compared to 21 percent of non-Hispanic whites. Hispanics are also heavy users of Twitter, with 25 percent of Hispanic Internet users saying they use the service. Click here to read more.

Diversity Wins Big At This Year’s MTV VMAs

Funny how things have changed since the early days of MTV when it was a still big deal to see Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, on the channel. Fast forward to 2015 and anyone tuned in to see the VMAs witnessed transgender people, South Korean-born music video director Joseph Kahn and RuPaul’s Drag Race drag queens all gracing the stage as presenters, winners and performers. Things done changed. Click here to read full Mashable article.

Diversity Training Now Mandatory for Microsoft Employees

During the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing event last October, Microsoft CEO Sataya Nadella was asked to give advice to women who are nervous about asking for a raise on how they should ask for one. Nadella told women to hope good karma will reward them. His response was not well-received by many which led to multiple apologies from him. However, Microsoft is using this embarrassing situation as motivation to implement new changes in how they approach diversity in the workplace. Click here to read more.

Is Apple Getting More Credit Than They Deserve?

For the first time since 2007, Apple had two women grace the stage at the WWDC a few days ago. Many have brought this to light but are we giving Apple’s step towards gender equality a little more credit than it deserves? Emily Peck shed some insight in this Huffington Post article.

Meet Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, made a triumphant debut on the latest Vanity Fair cover. Jenner was photographed in her Malibu home by Annie Leibovitz for the magazine’s July issue and was interviewed by sports writer Buzz Bissinger for the cover story. Since the big reveal, Caitlyn has received floods of heartwarming support from both celebrities and fans. The amount of courage and bravery it takes to come out so publicly is truly inspiring.

“Every day, [Bruce] always had a secret,” Jenner said in a video interview published by the magazine (see below). “From morning till night. Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets. As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.”

Read more about this story here on The Hollywood Reporter