Discrimination in the AI Industry Contributes to Discriminatory AI Systems

A new report from New York University’s AI Now Institute titled Discriminating Systems: Gender, Race and Power in AI highlights the diversity crisis in the AI sector and its effect on the development of AI systems with gender and racial biases.

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Serena Williams’s Venture Fund Invests in Companies Led by Women and Minorities

Professional tennis player Serena Williams has launched a venture fund called Serena Ventures that has already invested in more than 30 companies. The venture-capital firm is focused on investing in companies led by women and people of color, as well as those that value individual empowerment and creativity.

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Women Comprise Almost Half of Time Magazine’s 100 List

Time Magazine’s annual list of the Top 100 Most Influential People for 2019 is almost half women for the first time ever. There are 48 women gracing the list, an increase from 45 last year. When the list was first established in 2004, only 24 women were included, so the representation of women has also doubled in the last 15 years.

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Number of Females as Admirals and Generals Doubles Since 2000

A recent report by the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) shows that more women are in senior enlisted and officer ranks as more are pursuing careers in the military. There were 30 female admirals and generals on active duty in the five services in fiscal 2000. In 2018, there were 63 females occupying senior positions in the military. The increase of female representation is credited to more women staying in the military and more opportunities being made available, such as military occupational specialties.

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U.S. Department of Labor Introduces Mental Toolkit for Employers

One in five American adults experiences a mental health condition each year, and work often plays a critical role in their wellness, states the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s Disability Employment Policy. To address this issue, the DOL recently introduced the Mental Health Toolkit, an online resource for employers to help them understand mental illnesses their employees might be dealing with and ways in which to create a supportive work environment.

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BE HEARD Act to Confront Workplace Harassment in All Industries

This past Tuesday, Congress introduced Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination in the Workplace Act, otherwise called the BE HEARD in the Workplace Act (BE HEARD Act), in an attempt to end workplace discrimination across all industries and in businesses of all sizes by improving current workplace harassment laws.

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National Pet Day 2019: Meet NAWRB’s Furry Companions!

April 11th marks National Pet Day, a day for celebrating our furry loved ones and encouraging pet adoptions. Pets are an important member of the family, and they bring unconditional love and joy to their owners. There is nothing quite like coming home from a long day of work to your excited dog or demure cat at the door who has never been happier to see you. In honor of this occasion, NAWRB would like you to meet the special pets owned by our staff!

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Most and Least Affordable U.S. Metro Cities

A new study by GOBankingRates looks at the most and least affordable U.S. metro cities to live in by evaluating government and industry data. To determine this list, researchers looked at how much money one would need to cover basic necessities, such as housing, health care, groceries, utilities and transportation.

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Low Spacesuit Supply Forces NASA to Cancel First All-Female Spacewalk

NASA had to cancel the first all-female spacewalk scheduled for last Friday because the International Space Station (ISS) did not have enough space suits to fit both women. NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were going to perform the spacewalk together to install new lithium-ion batteries in a solar array, supported by a female flight controller on the ground. Not having enough space suits for female astronauts indicates more work needs to be done to reach gender parity in the space industry.

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Equal Pay Day 2019

Today, April 2nd, marks Equal Pay Day, a day representing how far into the new year women have to work to earn the same amount of money men did the previous year. About four months into 2019 women finally equaled men’s 2018 earnings, due to the pervasive gender pay gap that results in women earning approximately 80 cents to every man’s dollar.

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