Diversity

Gender Pronouns: How Small Words Make a Big Difference

What’s in a pronoun? Does he, him, his not apply to every person who is perceived as a male? Or she, her, hers to a perceived female? In our non-binary world, they do not. For non-binary or genderqueer individuals, and those who relate to gender in a fluid way, to be misgendered can be a […]

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Taking on Racism With Call for Code Employee Challenge

The events and reactions sparked by the recent killings in the United States are a reminder of the urgency of dealing with systemic racism. IBM is taking action and increasing efforts to ensure technology is used appropriately and productively to deal with racial inequality, beginning with an internal Call for Code Emb(race) Spot Challenge for […]

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The Supreme Court Decision Is a Landmark. Let’s Take the Next Steps Toward Full Inclusion.

The Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Monday, that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBT+ employees from workplace discrimination, was a watershed event for the LGBT+ community and our allies nationwide. For IBMers, it feels like the world is finally making progress on an issue we have been focused on for decades. Since 1984, when sexual […]

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Paying it Forward During Women’s History Month 2020

The next generation of women will ask one simple question of us – did we make the world better for them? As I reflect during this Women’s History Month, I truly believe there has never been a better time to be a woman, and there has never been a better time to make progress together. […]

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Putting Diversity to Work in Data Science

Gender diversity of data scientists has been cited as an issue by many sources. According to The Burch Works Study of Data Scientists, only 15% of data scientists are female and the percentage of females in data scientist manager roles (<10%) is much less than that of early professionals (> 20%). This data is consistent […]

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Making the Case for Gender Affirmation Benefits

One of the hardest conflicts a person can face in life is when the gender they were assigned at birth differs from the gender they identify with. The burdens posed by gender transitioning including changing birth certificates, medical procedures, and altering ways of speaking, walking and dressing can be truly daunting. A person transitioning may […]

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Celebrating a Historic First: Augusta National Women’s Amateur

First held in 1934, the Masters Golf Tournament is played each spring in Augusta, Georgia. It’s an event steeped in history and tradition, hosted by the world-famous Augusta National Golf Club and with the winner receiving a coveted Green Jacket. For over 20 years, IBM has been a proud partner of the Masters, pioneering the […]

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Celebrating Neurodiversity

World Autism Awareness Day ushers in a month of heightened awareness of neurodiversity issues at the national and global levels. As the neurotypical population seeks to increase its understanding of issues related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it is important to recognize and appreciate the diversity within the ASD community. Individuals with ASD or other […]

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In Their Own Words: Leading Women in Tech Confront the Gender Gap

With only a quarter of U.S. technology jobs currently filled by women[1], there is far more we must do as an industry to close the gender gap. And let’s be clear, closing the gender quality gap benefits society as a whole; there is a strong correlation between business performance and a gender diverse workforce; companies […]

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Promoting Fair Treatment of Persons with Disabilities with AI

International Day of Persons with Disabilities aims to increase awareness and promote the well-being of people with disabilities in every aspect of life. Fair treatment means equal opportunity to access education, find employment, receive healthcare, find information, and participate in society. Increasingly, our education, healthcare, recruitment, and information systems involve technologies based on machine learning. […]

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The Totality of International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018

We often hear stories about people with disabilities telling either their struggles and challenges, or the incredible, “super-human” things they can do. It’s always an extreme end of the spectrum, helpless or heroes. It’s time for us to recognize that such generalizations are as dehumanizing as simply ignoring the contributions of people with disabilities. A […]

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Taking Action to Advance Women in Business

Today, IBM was honored with the prestigious 2018 Catalyst Award for leadership in building a workplace that values diversity and inclusion. IBM is the only tech company honored this year — and the only company anywhere recognized for a fourth time. Very few companies have done more to advance diversity and inclusion than IBM. It is […]

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