CAPITAL: Is there a musical that best describes your office’s day-to-day operations?
SKLAR: “The Sound of Music,” of course. As Stefon would say, it has everything - nuns, Nazis, pine cone humor, curtainwear, whistles, Canadians (Christopher Plummer!), plus amazing high notes and the Ländler and The Baroness’ outfits and lonely goats and boys on bikes who end up being total disappointments. That is JUST like our office.
The numbers tell the story: Black women currently account for just 2 percent of lead roles (versus white women’s 48 percent) and 2 percent of supporting roles on TV, according to a 2014 UCLA study on Hollywood diversity. Open up the field to all credited actors—everyone from the star to, say, Waitress Number Four—and that number rises to only 3 percent. Those stats make sense when you consider who’s hiring and pitching: Only 3 percent of show creators and 2.3 percent of writers are black women.
"Smith also has a record of focusing on digital inclusiveness. Before Google, she was the CEO of the online LGBT community PlanetOut. And she has worked to bring more women in the engineering and technology fields, including through the company’s WomenTechmakers program."
She’s also the reason Google Doodles have suddenly become more inclusive of late, via this philosophy that will surely infuse her new role:
"It’s becoming conscious of the unconscious biases we have," Smith said. "Even if you didn’t create the problem, once you become aware of it you can debug it and solve it. You can become part of the solution."
Notice how it’s always women who get hacked? We did. (Great discussion with Krystal Ball and Liz Plank.)
Hacked photos are to be treated the same way as hacked bank account numbers, IMHO. Rachel Sklar & Richard Roth on Arise 360 with Lola Ogunnaike & Shannon Lanier, Sept. 3, 2014 (alas, one cannot choose one’s own screenshot. YouTube, c’mon with this already).
Women’s reviews are more likely to include critical feedback..Men are given constructive suggestions. Women are given constructive suggestions – and told to pipe down…Words like bossy, abrasive, strident, and aggressive are used to describe women’s behaviors when they lead; words like emotional and irrational describe their behaviors when they object..Among these words, only aggressive shows up in men’s reviews at all. It shows up three times, twice with an exhortation to be more of it.
“The abrasiveness trap: High-achieving men and women are described differently in reviews,” Kieran Snyder, Fortune, August 26, 2014.
<sound of repeatedly bonking head against wall>