IBM hired its first employee with a disability, 59 years before the passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and 76 years before the Americans with Disabilities Act.
IBM wrote its first Equal Opportunity Policy, one year before the Brown decision invalidating “separate but equal” in public education and 11 years ahead of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in the U.S.
IBM Office Products Division develops a Selectric typing element for Athabascan languages. IBM worked with non-profit, Native American literacy organization, Ak E Elchiigi, to develop a suitable typing element.
IBM became one of the first companies to include sexual orientation as part of its commitment to nondiscrimination.