To determine just how behind the United States is when it comes to workplace gender equality, the foundation teamed up with Global Strategy Group in April to poll 1,011 adults ages 18 and older. According to the survey, 24 percent of Americans work at a company with no women in leadership positions, and only 34 percent feel that their workplace prioritizes having women in these roles. A majority of those surveyed (85 percent) also agreed that men have an easier time getting these positions than women who are equally qualified. With these kind of statistics, it's not hard to believe that Americans are skeptical about the country's ability to achieve large-scale gender parity. According to the survey, 26 percent of Americans believe that in their lifetimes, there's a better chance humans will colonize Mars than that women will become half of Fortune 500 CEOs.
The UK government is considering plans to make the process of changing legal gender easier. Currently, people must be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a condition where a person's biological sex and identity does not match. The equalities minister says she wants to reform the 2004 Gender Recognition Act to make the process less intrusive. LGBT campaign group Stonewall says the current system is "demeaning and broken". The 2004 law says people wanting a change of gender to be legally recognised in the UK need to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate.
While lots of people worry about artificial intelligence becoming aware of itself, then running amok and taking over the world, others are using it to uncover gender bias in the workplace. And that's more than a little ironic, since AI actually injects not just gender, but racial bias into its data--and that has real-world consequences.