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Betsy DeVos, Public Education and the American Dream

Yesterday, I published an extensive look at Betsy DeVos, her background, and the host of potential problems that come should she be confirmed as the next Secretary of Education.  I realized, however, that there wasn’t the context to evaluate DeVos against any norms or to think about why we, as feminists and Americans, should place a particular […]

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Math Isn’t Pure: Algorithms Discriminate Against Women And POC

Algorithms — mathematical programs that create sets of rules to process and sort large amounts of information — are being used to scan applications for housing, employment, insurance and credit.  But those algorithms discriminate, or at least they can.* Cathy O’Neil — whose blog name mathbabe inspires instant fangirl love — recently published her book Weapons […]

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Technology, Policing and Our Brave New World: Why Feminists Should Care About Law Enforcement Facial Recognition Systems

The Report Yesterday, the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology released a report entitled “The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America.”  The report is based on a “year-long investigation and over 100 records requests to police departments around the country,” making it “the most comprehensive survey to date of law enforcement face […]

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ICYMI: Shattering the Ceiling Oct 10-14

Two posts on famous dudes guilty of sexual assault (and probably more), plus the #NotOkay explosion and unfair pay for lawyers.

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Don’t Celebrate a Genocidal Rapist

Is refusing to celebrate Columbus Day political correctness run amok? Nope!

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ICYMI: Shattering the Ceiling Oct 3-7

One article on how to talk about wanting a promotion. One article on how a victim of sex discrimination might come to be a Trump supporter. And three articles about some of Trump’s most egregious discrimination lawsuits.

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Trump’s Disregard for Antidiscrimination Laws Goes Back Decades

Q.  What do the DOJ, Sen. McCarthy, and multiple NY civil rights organizations have in common? A.  Why, Donald Trump, of course. Anyone who has paid attention to this election won’t be surprised to learn that Donald Trump has been sued more than once for discrimination.  But what may surprise is that the first lawsuit he […]

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Free College Tuition Does Not Mean Diversity

Bernie Sanders has been garnering national media attention with his plans to offer free tuition at public colleges and universities. It’s an idea worthy of debate, although I am not entirely convinced at this point. For example, I am not sure that I understand the societal benefits of guaranteeing free college to, say, Barron Trump. […]

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Bias in the Hiring Process

Last month, I wrote about how gender bias in job descriptions can dissuade women from applying for positions. Not surprisingly, bias infects later stages of the hiring process as well. Numerous studies have demonstrated that gender and racial biases can dramatically affect how employers assess candidates’ application materials, leading employers to favor white, male applicants […]

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Banning the Box at School and at Work 

Last weekend, a group of determined NYU undergrads staged a 30-hour occupation of NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life. The students, members of the Incarceration to Education Coalition (IEC), presented a simple demand: Ban the Box! Like many universities, NYU still asks applicants questions about their criminal and educational disciplinary histories. Literally, such questions appear next to […]

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