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Calif. Will Make Corporations Have a Woman in the Boardroom

Publicly traded companies in Jerry Brown's state must include women on boards of directors

(Newser) - On the same day he acted on net neutrality , California Gov. Jerry Brown made another big move. Acknowledging "potential flaws" that may prove "fatal," California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Sunday a bill mandating publicly traded companies in his state include women on their boards of... More »

5 Most, Least Diverse States

WalletHub considers race, religion, politics, and more

(Newser) - The same three states leading the country in racial diversity also lead the pack when it comes to socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household, religious, and political diversity, according to WalletHub . The site considered a host of metrics from race and language to educational attainment for its ranking of all 50 US... More »

Parents Outraged by 'Disturbing' School Assignment

Ohio students asked to select who should escape a 'doomed' Earth

(Newser) - "It's disturbing all the way around." That's what one mom is saying about an assignment her eighth-grade son completed at Roberts Middle School in Cuyahoga Falls in Ohio. The assignment involved an Earth that was "doomed for destruction." Students were tasked with choosing who... More »

Mormons Make History With New Apostles

Brazilian, Chinese-American choices add diversity

(Newser) - The Mormon church made history and injected diversity into a top leadership panel on Saturday by selecting the first-ever Latin-American apostle and the first-ever apostle of Asian ancestry, the AP reports. The selections of Ulisses Soares of Brazil and Gerrit W. Gong, a Chinese-American, were announced at the start of... More »

More Big Names Adopt Inclusion Rider

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Paul Feig are on board

(Newser) - Prominent producers and celebrities like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Paul Feig are jumping on the inclusion rider bandwagon following Frances McDormand's best actress Oscar acceptance speech, the AP reports. Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni said late Monday on Twitter that Damon and Affleck's production company Pearl Street Films would... More »

Suit: Google, YouTube Had Quotas for 'Diversity Candidates'

Arne Wilberg says recruiters were discouraged from working to hire white, Asian men

(Newser) - A former YouTube employee is suing parent company Google, for which he worked for a total of nine years, alleging that he was fired for refusing to adhere to hiring practices that discriminated against white and Asian males. Per the Wall Street Journal , Arne Wilberg served as a Google recruiter... More »

This US City Is the Biggest Melting Pot of All

Jersey City, NJ, is most culturally diverse city in America

(Newser) - By the year 2060, 36% of America's kids under the age of 18 will be what the Census Bureau deems "single-race non-Hispanic white," down from 52% today. The shrinking percentage is thanks to what WalletHub calls the country's "rapid ethnic and racial diversification" over the... More »

White Man Sues Google for Workplace Discrimination

James Damore blasted Google's diversity policies in a now-infamous 2017 memo

(Newser) - James Damore, the former Google engineer who was fired from the company last year after circulating a memo claiming women are biologically ill-suited for tech jobs, is now suing his former employer. Damore filed a class-action suit in Santa Clara Superior Court today claiming Google discriminates against white men with... More »

This Is the Least Diverse State in US

West Virginia's 'diversity score' is lowest: WalletHub

(Newser) - West Virginia trails behind all other US states when it comes to diversity, according to WalletHub . The site's ranking doesn’t simply apply to racial diversity. WalletHub gave all 50 states a "diversity score" out of 100 based on the diversity of residents' ethnicity, religion, marital status, birthplace... More »

Religion in America Changing in a Big Way

For starters, white Christians no longer make up majority of nation

(Newser) - A major new survey on the religious beliefs of Americans is out, and the Public Religion Research Institute sees a "dramatic transformation" taking place across the country. Two big takeaways from the 2016 survey of 101,000 people: White Christians no longer make up a majority of Americans, with... More »

Google Fires Guy Who Wrote Gender Memo

He says he was canned for 'perpetuating stereotypes'

(Newser) - A male Google engineer who authored a controversial memo on why he thinks women aren't suited to tech jobs is now searching for new employment. James Damore confirmed to Bloomberg that he was fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes" and that he's "currently exploring all possible legal... More »

Halle Berry Says Oscar Win Was Meaningless

She's still fighting for diversity in Hollywood

(Newser) - In her off-the-cuff acceptance speech, Halle Berry dedicated her 2002 Oscar for best actress to "every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened." But 15 years later, the opportunities are not at all like she imagined they would... More »

The 10 Most and Least Culturally Diverse Cities in US

Take a bow, Jersey City

(Newser) - Experts say that by 2044—if trends continue—the US will have no ethnic majority for the first time in its history. In the meantime, WalletHub has ranked the 501 largest American cities by cultural diversity, looking at three factors: ethnicity and race, language, and birthplace. Here are the 10... More »

Bachelor Franchise Makes 'Historic' Announcement

Rachel Lindsay will be first African-American lead

(Newser) - After 15 years and 33 seasons, The Bachelor franchise has finally cast its first African-American lead. Rachel Lindsay, one of four women left competing for Nick Viall's heart on the current season of The Bachelor, will kick off her own search for love as The Bachelorette on ABC on... More »

Black Model's Campaign Strikes a Chord

Deddeh Howard subs herself in to ads with white models, to make a point

(Newser) - Deddeh Howard was flipping through a magazine looking for ideas for her fashion blog when she noticed "there were simply no black models in there," she tells Mic . It didn't come as much of a surprise given that Howard, 27, had been rejected by modeling agencies claiming... More »

America's 10 Most Diverse Counties

Hawaiian counties dominate the list

(Newser) - Graphiq has compiled a list of the most diverse counties in the US by calculating the probability that two randomly selected residents will be of different races designated in the US census: white, black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Hispanic Americans weren't included since they’... More »

Like Harry Potter? You May Have Lower Opinion of Trump

'Fictional story may have implications for general election preferences'

(Newser) - The novel Uncle Tom's Cabin was believed to help turn the tide of public opinion away from condoning slavery after it was published in 1852, but even the most popular fictional works today aren't shown to impact political leanings on a mass scale. Now researchers at the University... More »

SCOTUS Rules for UT in Affirmative Action Case

University can consider race in limited manner in admissions process

(Newser) - In a move that surprised even affirmative action advocates, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the University of Texas may indeed take into consideration a student's race during the admissions process, albeit in a limited manner, the Washington Post reports. The vote was 4-3, per the New York Times ... More »

Louboutin Just Redefined the 'Nude' Shoe

Collection includes 7 shades from 'porcelain' to 'chocolate'

(Newser) - In fashion, "nude" usually refers to a beige or peachy color. Christian Louboutin is apparently among the first to realize that shade doesn't represent the skin tone of many. After introducing shoes in five nude shades last year, the designer has expanded the collection to include two new... More »

Oscars Kid Unfazed by Asian Joke, Mom Not So Much

'This was not OK and should never have happened'

(Newser) - Little Estie Kung has never seen Chris Rock's work (not even Madagascar) and doesn't quite understand the ins and outs of child labor. So when the 8-year-old child actor and chef (she's competed on FYI's Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown) became the center of a controversy... More »

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