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Female Emojis are No Longer Relegated to Weird Hand Signals

The Editors
July 18, 2016 3:38 PM
“I said to my boss, ‘One of the questions I got asked during the interview was what positive things would my co-workers say about me. What do you think is one of my positive aspects?’ He replied, ‘Well, you look good in a tight skirt.’"– Jane


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Nottinghamshire Police: Misogyny is a Hate Crime
Nottinghamshire Police now consider misogyny and harassment against women as hate crimes. The scope of this policy will cover verbal and physical abuse, and even extends to “unwanted or uninvited messages” on mobile devices. That’s right feministas: those unsolicited dick pics could now be considered hate crimes! This change in law enforcement is a step in addressing what ought to be considered a pandemic, with 85% of young women in the UK reporting that they have been sexually harassed in public. Due to the general lack of sunshine and warm weather in England, these women weren’t even “asking for it” with short skirts and tank tops! Unfortunately, women in America still do not have these protections: current US hate crime laws do cover crimes driven by gender and sexual discrimination but only apply to “traditional offense[s] like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias.” We’d say we’re pretty biased towards sexual equality integrated into legislation!When camping in Sherwood Forest, you no longer have to fear the unwanted attention from men in tights. 


Workers Comp is Perfectly Cool with Gender Discrimination
Women are getting hired less often, paid less for their work, and compensated less for work-related injuries than men. They aren’t even playing coy about the worker’s comp: many women are straight-up told that their gender is partly responsible for their injuries and find their benefits slashed by up to 80 percent (because women are delicate little flowers that just aren’t built for working!) Women in California are now involved in a class-action lawsuit, refusing to passively accept their benefits being slashed between 20 and 80 percent on the sole basis of their gender. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, health insurers can not legally charge higher rates because of someone’s gender, yet worker’s compensation has not had to conform to any such gender discrimination laws. I mean, we should just be happy it's normal for us to work in the first place, am I right? Wrong! You go California, we hope this prevails and sets a precedent for additional states to adopt. They’re going to put Workers Comp on disability. 


Female Emojis are No Longer Relegated to Weird Hand Signals
The Unicode Emoji Subcommittee (yes, that’s a thing that exists) are starting to improve standards of how women are featured professionally, recently approving 11 female profession emojis submitted by Google to match their male counterparts. The new emojis feature women of various skin tones with the same stick straight hair. Google originally introduced 13 professions and activities like investigator, Royal Guard, surfer, and weightlifter -- Because before men were just skipping haircuts and women didn’t discuss gym time (But what, pray tell, are the two that weren’t approved? Ironically, young women are the largest demographic of Emoji-users, so thank god we’re no longer relegated to the singular emoji bridal category. On that note, we hope you had a happy World Emoji Day, July 17!Less Eggplant. More taco. 


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Gender inequality breaking your heart in more ways than one? Ohio State University and Mayo Clinic researchers have compiled longitudinal data on how jobs affect health, in conjunction with gender. They found that women who work long weeks had much greater health risks than their male counterparts, with a 60-hour work week tripling women’s chances of diabetes, cancer, heart problems, and arthritis. Hmm, what could possibly cause stress unique to women in the workplace? Researchers point to negative factors like a lack of control, lack of upward mobility, and a greater chance of working jobs requiring little cognitive stimulation. (Can sexual harassment get a special mention?) Meanwhile, women still bear the brunt of childcare and domestic chores. Mix that with some extra hours, pay disparity, and thankless filing, and you have a clear recipe for high cortisol levels and cancer. Maybe employers should take note, instrumenting policies that provide women with opportunities to take more charge of their schedules. 


A former recruiter in the tech industry set up an experiment hoping to help understand thedisparity in the technical performances of men and women in interview situations, and found some surprising results. Inspired by her observations in the workplace, Aline Lerner created interviewing.io, a tool that allows job-seekers to practice technical interviews with major tech companies without revealing identifying information. Noticing that men tended to perform better on these technical interviews, Lerner began an experiment, where she offered participants the option to use voice-masking software for the interview. This is where things take an interesting turn: in the limited study, she found that male participants that were modulated to sound feminine were actually rated higher than those that weren’t, and the women whose voices were made to sound masculine were rated lower than those that went unmodulated. ...Read More 


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