What it really means when the Journal asks Jill Biden to drop the “Dr.”

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On the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, Joseph Epstein published an op-ed advising first lady Jill Biden — who has a doctorate in education — to drop the “Dr.” in her name. It’s dumb, sexist, and an insult to anyone who’s ever earned a university doctorate. Dissecting Epstein’s screed Here’s what’s in the op-ed — … Continued

Representative Ted Yoho delivers a pathetically poor apology

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US Representative Ted Yoho had a heated verbal altercation with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) on the steps of the capital. According The Hill, he referred to her as a “fucking bitch.” Later, he apologized on the House floor. It was one of the worst apologies ever. AOC had made some controversial statements about why poor … Continued

AI algorithms are biased because reality is biased. But the algorithms can be fixed.

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The Apple Card, backed by Goldman Sachs and managed by algorithms, is apparently sexist. It’s giving men higher credit limits than women. The problem is in the “training set” of data — and it’s a fixable problem. In a Twitter thread that has caught fire, Silicon Valley David Heinemeier Hansson explains how despite the fact … Continued

A sexist Mass TLC attempts to recover

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The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (Mass TLC), a Boston-area trade group, annually presents awards to local leaders for Best CEO, Best CMO, and the like. All of this year’s nominees were men. After some local tech luminaries called them out on it, they re-opened the process and asks for women nominees. Now they have to … Continued

Everything United Airlines did wrong in the Denver Leggings Incident

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When several teenage girls wearing leggings attempted to board a United Airlines flight in Denver, the airline blocked them for “inappropriate dress.” As the airline explained on Twitter, the girls were “pass riders” — dependents of employees using free standby tickets — subject to a more stringent dress code. United’s policy is wrong, and it … Continued

Why the Susan J. Fowler sexual harassment story at Uber rings true

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Susan J. Fowler published a compelling blog post detailing continual sexual harassment — and HR malpractice — at her former employer, Uber. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has promised an “urgent investigation.” I analyze why her account is so believable and powerful. Women claiming sexual harassment face nearly insurmountable challenges. Managers are more likely to be men. Management … Continued