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June 23, 2015

To advance our knowledge of diversity, inclusion, and workforce and talent strategy, we gather and share relevant articles on a regular basis. For this edition, we have identified the following articles of interest. 

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Diversity & Inclusion
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Pew Research Center: Multiracial in America
 
Pew Research Center study explores many aspects of multiracial Americans and their experience of being of mixed race today, 48 years after the Supreme Court decided Loving v Virginia. Pew concludes they are, " ... young, proud, tolerant and growing at a rate 3X as fast as the population as a whole."

Among the dozen findings: 
  • While the U.S. Census Bureau estimates multiracial Americans represent 2.1% of the population, Pew's research approach shows 6.9% are multiracial.
  • 60% of multiracial adults are proud to be so and only 4% say it has been a disadvantage.
  • The size and profile of the multiracial population is changing - " ... biracial adults with a white and American Indian background comprise half of the country’s multiracial population," but are less likely to consider themselves as such.
Washington PostLaw is the Least Diverse Profession in the Nation
 
Deborah L. Rhode is the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, the director of the Center on the Legal Profession, and the director of the Program in Law and Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University. She writes about the lack of diversity in the legal profession.

Highlights from the article: 
  • 88% of lawyers are white.
  • Men are 2- to 5-times more likely to make partner than women.
  • Although Blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans now constitute about a third of the population and a fifth of law school graduates, they make up fewer than 7 percent of law firm partners and 9 percent of general counsels of large corporations.
  • Analytical evidence supports that unconscious bias is at work - minorities still lack the presumption of competence granted to their white male counterparts.
  • Women, white and women of color, are subject to a double standard and double bind, 60-plus percent feeling excluded from formal and informal networks.
  • Fasting from before sunup to sundown is a key element of the observance. Observant Muslims may experience fatigue and low blood sugar during the day, and allowing time to break their fast is essential.
  • Avoid scheduling staff events around food so as not to exclude observant Muslims.
  • Muslim employees must pray five times per day. Providing quiet spaces and breaks will honor that practice.
  • Be prepared to allow time off for the end of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, celebrated between July 17 and July 18.
Focus on Gender
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LinkedIn Official Blog: Measuring Gender Diversity with Data from LinkedIn

LinkedIn is uniquely positioned to look at global data about gender and the gender leadership gap in 12 major industry groups, 12 technology industries (including an analysis of the gaps in percentages of software engineers), and 9 financial services and insurance sectors. The conclusion: double-digit gaps prevail.
  • The gender leadership gap is most pronounced in healthcare (14.6%), retail and financial services (each with similar gaps).
  • Software engineering teams in tech have proportionally fewer women than several non-tech industries.
  • Accounting, insurance, commercial real estate, and venture capital all have leadership gaps of 16% or more.
The Economist: A Father's Place

The Economist examines the state of dads participating in early child-rearing around the world.

Key findings:
  • Fewer than half of countries offer any paternity leave and only 6 or so offer more than two weeks.
  • While evidence suggests that children benefit from seeing more of their dads and more governments offer paternity leave, dads tend not to take advantage of it.
  • Some countries use enticements (bonuses) and directives (compulsory leave) to get men to take paternity leave. 
  • Shared parenting improves dad's life satisfaction, women's careers, and children's development.
Boston College: The New Dad: A Portrait of Today's Father

Boston College Center for Work and Family cites numerous studies in its sixth report in the New Dad research series, concluding that society and workplaces need to see men and fathers as the "whole person" to attain true gender equality. 

A few highlights from the report:
  • When asked, 70% of men see their responsibilities to their children as being both breadwinner and caregiver.
  • 99% of dads believe that employers should give paternity leave and three-quarters favor getting 2 to 4 weeks.
  • Engaged dads are more satisfied with, and more likely to stay at their jobs.
 
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