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When machines and data promote blatant discrimination

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Oct 16, 2018

What if the data tell you to be racist? Without the right precautions, machine learning the technology that drives risk assessment in law enforcement, as well as hiring and loan decisions explicitly penalizes underprivileged groups. Left to its own devices, the algorithm will count a black defendants race as a strike against the… Continue reading

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Racial discrimination linked to higher risk of chronic illness in black women in new study

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Oct 16, 2018

A new study out of UC Berkeley found that less-educated black women who report high levels of racial discrimination may face higher risk of developing chronic diseases. Amani M. Allen, an associate professor of epidemiology and community health sciences in UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, was the lead author on the study, the results… Continue reading

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Corteva study finds gender discrimination is widespread in agriculture

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Oct 16, 2018

Women in agriculture say widespread gender discrimination persists and poses obstacles to their ability to help feed the world, according to a new study from Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. The surveys findings reveal that although women are overwhelmingly proud to be in agriculture, they perceive gender discrimination as widespread, ranging from 78% in… Continue reading

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“You Are Still Black”: Charlottesville’s Racial Divide Hinders Students

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Oct 16, 2018

Zyahna Bryant and Trinity Hughes, high school seniors, have been friends since they were 6, raised by blue-collar families in this affluent college town. They played on the same T-ball and softball teams, and were in the same church group. But like many African-American children in Charlottesville, Trinity lived on the south side of town… Continue reading

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Minority job applicants with ‘strong racial identities’ may encounter less pay and lower odds of getting hired

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Oct 9, 2018

Race-based discrimination is common in the hiring process. For example, racial minorities are less likely than whites toreceive a callbackwhen they apply for a job. There are alsowide earning gaps, with African-Americans and Latinos earning a fraction of what whites and Asians do. Yet despite laws that aim toreduce employment discriminationandimprove attitudes toward diversity, these… Continue reading

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California Has Become the First State to Require Women in the Boardroom

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Oct 9, 2018

California has become the first state to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of directors, one of several laws boosting or protecting women that Gov. Jerry Brown signed Sunday. The measure requires at least one female director on the board of each California-based public corporation by the end of next year.… Continue reading

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Discrimination Leads Corporations To See Asian-American Executives As “Saviors”

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Oct 2, 2018

There is widespread suspicion that women and minorities only get appointed to top corporate jobs when companies are in deep trouble. A2012 studyprovided evidence that this “glass cliff” phenomenon is real, and dubbed it the “savior effect.” New research reports those “saviors” are very often Asian Americans. Analyzing five decades of data, it finds they… Continue reading

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The American Dream Is Harder to Find In Some Neighborhoods

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Oct 2, 2018

Does the neighborhood you grow up in determine how far you move up the economic ladder? A new online data tool being made public Monday finds a strong correlation between where people are raised and their chances of achieving the American dream. Harvard University economist Raj Chetty has been working with a team of researchers… Continue reading

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No, men are not the real victims of discrimination in physics–here are the women fighting sexism in their field

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Oct 2, 2018

You may have heard about the scientist giving a talk in Geneva presenting male physicists asthe real victims of gender discrimination. Professor Alessandro Strumia of Pisa University said physics was invented and built by men alongside a number of other claims during his presentation at the otherwise positive and fascinatingHigh Energy Theory and Genderevent. The… Continue reading

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Faced with discrimination, Native Americans work hard to gain voting power

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Oct 2, 2018

Tara Benally and her 16-year-old son Delaney After Buffalo set up a plastic table alongside the last dusty highway intersection before the Arizona state line. Here in Monument Valley, in the shadows of the towering red rock monoliths sacred among the Navajo, the two are doing something thats rarely been done in this part of… Continue reading

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