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Suppressing debate will not help women at work
August 11, 2017 | Financial Times | Anne-Marie Slaughter.

I have argued extensively that women at the top will need men supporting them just as men at the top need women supporting them; hence one important way to increase the number of women in leadership positions is to change the way society values men just as we have changed how society values women. It is a pity that Mr Damore will not be able to lead that conversation at Google.

The company should be committed to diversity and equality as a first principle, to get the best from all its staff: this is a business priority as well as a moral imperative. Yet one of the major values of diversity and equality is to encourage people to challenge orthodoxies of many different kinds, even if others are offended. And both of these things can be true at the same time.
Anne-Marie_Slaughter  women  diversity  Google  firings  orthodoxies  stereotypes  cultural_stereotypes  Sundar_Pichai  equality 
august 2017 by jerryking
Minorities possible unfairly disqualified from opening bank accounts | mathbabe
August 7, 2013 Cathy O'Neil,

New York State attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman’s investigation into possibly unfair practices by big banks using opaque and sometimes erroneous databases to disqualify people from opening accounts.

Not much hard information is given in the article but we know that negative reports stemming from the databases have effectively banished more than a million lower-income Americans from the financial system, and we know that the number of “underbanked” people in this country has grown by 10% since 2009. Underbanked people are people who are shut out of the normal banking system and have to rely on the underbelly system including check cashing stores and payday lenders....The second, more interesting point – at least to me – is this. We care about and defend ourselves from our constitutional rights being taken away but we have much less energy to defend ourselves against good things not happening to us.

In other words, it’s not written into the constitution that we all deserve a good checking account, nor a good college education, nor good terms on a mortgage, and so on. Even so, in a large society such as ours, such things are basic ingredients for a comfortable existence. Yet these services are rare if not nonexistent for a huge and swelling part of our society, resulting in a degradation of opportunity for the poor.

The overall effect is heinous, and at some point does seem to rise to the level of a constitutional right to opportunity, but I’m no lawyer.

In other words, instead of only worrying about the truly bad things that might happen to our vulnerable citizens, I personally spend just as much time worrying about the good things that might not happen to our vulnerable citizens, because from my perspective lots of good things not happening add up to bad things happening: they all narrow future options.
visible_minorities  discrimination  data  data_scientists  banks  banking  unbanked  equality  equality_of_opportunity  financial_system  constitutional_rights  payday_lenders  Cathy_O’Neil  optionality  opportunity_gaps  low-income 
december 2013 by jerryking

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