Bias Takes a Physical Toll Study Says

Women and people of color frequently report feeling marginalized, even blatantly discriminated against in the workplace. Data on income levels and roles in executive and board positions in companies across the country lend support to the argument that these groups may not be seeing the same opportunities as white males. For women of color, the impact can be compounded. And, while the career and financial impacts of unequal treatment in the workplace are significant, new data suggests that there may be health impacts as well. An article for the Network of Executive Women (“NEW”) reports that women of color experience an emotional tax that affects their overall health and well-being. “Women of

Ramadan in the Workplace: Being Inclusive

From mid-May to mid-June this year, over one billion people worldwide will be observing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The date is fluid and depends on when the new moon is sighted. As noted by New York Daily News, it can be "confusing for non-Muslims to keep track of when Ramadan is — about 10 years ago it happened around Christmas and Hannukah. This is because the Islamic calendar is lunar, as opposed to the civil calendar, which is solar. The lunar year is shorter than the solar year, so Ramadan begins about 11 days earlier every year.” The timing isn’t the only thing that is foreign to many Americans. Even though roughly one quarter of the world’s population is Muslim, many of us in

How Many Johns Do You Have on Your Board? How Many Women?

As a diversity and inclusion consulting company, we spend a lot of time talking about the importance of having a strong representation of traditionally underrepresented groups in the workplace, i.e., women and people of color. That’s the diversity part. The inclusion part means listening to these groups and including them in the decision-making process, especially at top levels like executive positions and board memberships. Looking specifically at women, we can say that over the years, some progress has been made. In an article for FiveThirtyEight, Kathryn Casteel and Kara Chin take a look back at the 1970 mass protests to mark the 50th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women th

That's Not Funny! Apu Just One Example of Pop Culture Bias

In an article for CNN, Lisa Respers France discusses a recent interview with prolific “Simpsons” voice actor Hank Azaria on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Recently there has been a great deal of controversy over one of the many characters Azaria voices: convenience store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. The character is highly stereotypical of South Asians and Indians in particular. “Nahasapeemapetilon, a Indian-American character with a thick accent, operates the Kwik-E-Mart convenience store in the fictional town of Springfield. The show recently aired a response to complaints about him,” writes France. In the response episode, the show’s writers – through the character of Lisa Simpson

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