In this post, I share links to really interesting things I’ve stumbled upon that offer insight, food for thought, or an interesting data point.
1. 143 Countries Actually Legalize Gender Discrimination
Did you know that 90% of 143 countries have gender discrimination in their laws? For example, there are countries where women don't have access to property, education etc. THAT IS CRAZY! Read this IMF report: here. I heard this on the Freakonomics Podcast which features Christine Largard, Head of the I.M.F since 2011. We have a long way to go!
2. A Reminder of Warsan Shire's Awesomeness
This poem by Warsan Shire is something profoundly beautiful. I heard it years ago and still, I listen to the words. “For Women Who are Difficult to Love”. You should listen to her poems, they are melancholy and poignant; just the way I like them.
3. A Website Simply to Explain Similar but Different Things
Hear this — I found a website dedicated to explaining the difference between similar but different things. Here’s an interesting one.
4. Power Poses Actually Work — According to this TED Talk
This TED talk was featured in Shonda Rhimes’ book, Year of Yes, and I have tried this. It works! Listen to it and tell me what you think :). This is the actual TED talk about Year of Yes by Shonda herself. Read my review of Year of Yes, here.
5. When the Inefficient Cannot be Changed Because People Are Used to it
There are claims that the QWERTY typewriter structure was created to slow typists down so as to avoid jams. This is no longer relevant today as we have digital keyboards, but it’s the most popular and will likely continue to be; it could be too late to change. How. Very. Odd. Read here.
6. Female Leaders Aren't Growing Fast Enough
The proportion of global female leaders in industry has been increasing by JUST 2% since 2007. That’s 10 years ago even with all the awareness on gender equality. I can bet my little toe that the growth rate of the adult women population compared with men over the last 10 years is higher than 2% over the last 10 years. Read Report Here. Read another report that says awareness is a crucial step, but not enough to make lasting changes, and I agree.
7. A Score That Measures Trust for Everyone - 2030
The year is 2030, trust has gone digital. How do you score? - Haha this article was fascinating, then it became scary! I mean, I’ve watched Black Mirror on Netflix these past couple of weeks so I’ve been a little skeptical about our global ethical readiness for Artificial Intelligence. Simplifying trust to a singular score simplifies something that may not be that simple — causing unintended consequences for the (not so) minority (in absolute numbers) who will be acutely affected.