Melinda Gates wants to fight sexist data

first_img Share your voice Bill Gates Steve Jobs Microsoft Now playing: Watch this: For these women, working at Amazon while pregnant ends… 1:56 Gates isn’t the only high-profile, tech-connected woman to speak out on social issues lately. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg published her book, Lean In, in 2013, encouraging women to advocate for themselves and others at work more often. Laurene Powell Jobs, who runs the Emerson Collective, a combination think tank and investment firm, and has begun investing in journalism like The Atlantic, Axios and Pop-Up Magazine, education and art exhibits.Gates, 54, discussed growing up in Texas, watching space launches that her aerospace engineer father had worked on. She got her start in technology early, when one of her teachers was inspired to get an Apple computer for students to learn on. Gates and her friends signed up and learned along with their teacher. In college, Gates studied computer science and soon found her way to Microsoft. She said one thing she didn’t like about working there was the “abrasive” culture. Within two years, she thought about leaving, in part because she found it had begun to wear off on her and she didn’t like who she was becoming.  Instead, she decided to push up against the company’s culture and ended up staying for nine years. “Even though it was abrasive, I loved what we were creating,” she said. She left working for Microsoft when she had her first child, but she said Bill Gates encouraged her to find something to do within a few months. “He knew how much I liked to work,” she said. “He knew I had that side of my brain, and I wanted to keep that alive.” In 2000, that work became the foundation, which has since become the world’s largest private charitable organization. And in 2015, she started Pivotal Ventures, an investment firm outside her foundation, focused on supporting women and families in the US. That’s all helped make her into one of the world’s most influential people, routinely showing up on the Forbes Power Women lists, among others.(FILES) Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates (LAn early focus for Bill and Melinda Gates was vaccines. Here, in 1998, they announced a childhood vaccine program for the developing world. Getty Images Incomplete dataOne of Gates’ passions is contraception. She discussed it as giving choice to families in developing worlds who often fear having another kid because they won’t be able to feed and educate them. “Contraceptives allow us to time and space the births,” she said. In one case, she shared the story of a woman she met who adored her children but begged her to take them back to the US for a better life. “To give them away to a stranger, you have to know how destitute their situation is,” she said. As she began tackling these issues, though, she learned the data isn’t fairly tracked. For example, she said, economists don’t track unpaid labor at home that women statistically do more of. On average, she said, women do 90 minutes more of chores or parenting than their partner, a phenomenon she called a second shift after work. “Economists, which in the beginning a male-dominated field, measured productivity as ‘productive work,’ work you did in the workplace,” she said. “We have look at this unpaid labor and figure out how to recognize it and reduce it, and we have to redistribute it.” “I used to think the data was objective,” she said. “But in fact, data is actually really sexist.”She learned that when surveyors ask what income there is in a house, the men speak up first. Then the surveyors don’t usually follow up with the same question for the women. As a result, their incomes and their lives outside the home aren’t counted. “We don’t collect data on women, and we don’t collect data on their lives,” she said. “We have to invest in good data.” Culture Tech Industry Computerscenter_img 0 Some data points that frustrate her are that less than 2% of VC funding goes to woman-founded businesses, and even less for women of color.  And although the 2018 midterm election in the US saw a historic number of women run and win, in part as a response to the #MeToo movement, Gates noted that still only about a quarter of Congress is women.  “At its current rate, it’ll be 60 years until we have parity in Congress,” she said. “My oldest daughter will be 83.” That’s part of what inspired her to write the book and do the speaking tour, she said.  “I really feel like we have this window of opportunity, y’know, between the #MeToo movement and so many women coming out and running for elected office in 2018,” she said. “But these windows open and if we don’t take full advantage of them, they pass us by. I want to make sure we use this window to create equality around the world.” First published May 6 at 10:20 p.m. PT.Update, May 7 at 5 a.m. PT: Adds details. Tags Post a comment Melinda Gates’ first book is part autobiography, part call to arms over women’s issues. And she’s even pitched it with Oprah. Getty Images One of Melinda Gates’ pet peeves is that when people would discuss her and her husband’s roles at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, they’d call him the brains and her the heart. “That’s complete bull,” she said. “Bill absolutely has a ginormous brain, but guess what, I have a pretty big brain too. And I have a really big heart, but guess what, my husband has a really big heart.” Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that after nearly 20 years as a philanthropist, set to strategically give away the vast majority of their tens of billions of dollars from when Bill Gates co-founded and ran Microsoft, Melinda has written her first book to discuss what she’s learned. The book, part autobiography, part call to arms, is called The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. It was released last month and has become a New York Times bestseller. She came to Dominican University of California in San Rafael, about a half hour north of San Francisco, to discuss it in an event Monday with the singer and actress Mandy Moore. We don’t collect data on women, and we don’t collect data on their lives. We have to invest in good data. Melinda Gateslast_img read more

Expanding Spot on Venus Puzzles Astronomers

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — The expanding spot discovered on Venus last month may not have garnered as much attention as the meteor impact with Jupiter, but its cause is certainly more puzzling. While astronomers are pretty sure that the new spot seen in Jupiter’s landscape is caused by impact, there is evidence that this is not true of the spot seen on Venus. New Scientist reports on why astronomers don’t think the spot of Venus was caused by a meteor:”The spot is bright at ultraviolet wavelengths, which may argue against a meteoroid impact as a cause. That’s because rocky bodies, with the exception of objects very rich in water ice, should cause an impact site to darken at ultraviolet wavelengths as it fills with debris that absorbs such light, says Sanjay Limaye of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a member of the Venus Express team.”Some of the reasons being advanced for the spot in Venus’ atmosphere include:* Volcanic eruption. (This option is considered unlikely, since the thick atmosphere would likely block most volcanic activity from being visible to us.)* Charged particles from solar interaction with Venus’ atmosphere.* Atmospheric turbulence concentrating bright material in a confined area.The other interesting point about the Venus bright spot is that it — like the Jupiter “scar” — was first noticed by an amateur astronomer. The fact that astronomy is so accessible to a wide range of people is interesting in terms of encouraging interest in the sciences.© 2009 Astronomers are trying to determine the cause of an expanding spot seen in Venus’ atmosphere. Explore further The light and dark of Venus Citation: Expanding Spot on Venus Puzzles Astronomers (2009, August 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Poll results show rise of Independents to 3rd position

first_imgKolkata: The results of the three-tier Panchayat election which was held on May 14 have witnessed the rise of Independent candidates, who have occupied the third position in Gram Panchayat. The Independent candidates have bagged 1,335 seats in Gram Panchayat, which is more than the number of seats bagged by CPI-M and Congress so far.Most of these Independent candidates are rebel Trinamool Congress leaders. At the time of distribution of party tickets before the election, party supremo Mamata Banerjee had said that it would not be possible to give tickets to all the party workers and that those who will fail to get tickets, will be used by the party in some other capacity. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHowever, the leaders could not hold their patience and contested the poll as Independent candidates. Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee has already announced that those who have filed nomination as Independent candidates flouting the party’s diktats, will be thrown out of the party.The rebel Trinamool Congress candidates were backed by CPI-M and BJP wholeheartedly. They had helped the candidates with money and muscle power. Many areas saw clashes between Trinamool Congress workers and Independent candidates.BJP and CPI-M had also filed their candidates without party symbol as Independent candidates, just to establish their control over the Gram Panchayats, which is the lowest tier of the three-tier Panchayat system.After the election results, many Independent candidates who are rebel Trinamool Congress leaders and BJP workers, have contacted Trinamool Congress, expressing their willingness to join the party.last_img read more

Barcelona pitted against Arsenal Juventus draw Bayern in Champions League

first_imgHolders FC Barcelona were paired with Arsenal in round of 16 draw while Chelsea were drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the knockout stage of the Champions League for the third season running here on Monday.German champions Bayern Munich were pitted against last season’s runners-up Italy’s Juventus, during the draw conducted by European football’s governing body UEFA.Anoter Italian side AS Roma has a tough match-up against record 10-time champions Real Madrid. Also Read – A league of his own!Manchester City will meet Dynamo Kyiv. The Ukrainian club will play their home tie without a crowd as punishment for the racist behaviour of some fans during a game in the group stage.Portugal’s Benfica and Russia’s Zenit Saint Petersburg, were paired together while the Belgian side Gent will meet German outfit VFL Wolfsburg.The first legs of the round of 16 matches will be played on February 16-17 and 23-24, followed by the return leg on March 8-9 and 15-16. The final of the tournament will be played at the San Siro stadium in Milan on May 28.last_img read more

WestJet Swoop respond to possible unionization of flight attendants

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Union, WestJet, WestJet Swoop WestJet, Swoop respond to possible unionization of flight attendants Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Sharecenter_img CALGARY — Both WestJet and Swoop have weighed in on the potential unionization of their flight attendants, with WestJet CEO Ed Sims saying that the airline “respects the rights of our employees to choose their representation.”After news broke that the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) filed an application for certification of its cabin crew members at the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB), both Sims and Steven Greenway, President of Swoop, issued similar statements to the press.“Although we prefer to work directly with our employee groups as we have since 1996, we are dedicated to moving forward and will concentrate on the continued success of the organization for guests, employees and shareholders,” said Sims.WestJet and low-cost carrier Swoop received formal notice from CIRB on July 10 at 11:49 a.m. ET.“We’re hopeful that this is just the first of many victories ahead for WestJet Cabin Crew as we work together to improve working conditions for inflight staff,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “A strong union for WestJetters is set for takeoff!”More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backHugh Pouilot, senior communications officer at CUPE, told Global News that the main issues flight attendants have are compensation, scheduling and seniority. And although these cannot be guaranteed, CUPE has negotiated for other flight attendant agreements at Air Canada and Air Transat. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more

Watch the exact moment a flight attendant realized their flight landed in

first_img Thursday, March 28, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Watch the exact moment a flight attendant realized their flight landed in the wrong city Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: British Airways, Funnycenter_img Who likes my meme #BA3271— Scottish Traveller (@ScottishTravel3) March 25, 2019 I have fallen asleep, missed my stop and woken up at the end of the district line before. This morning I never expected to wake up from my Dusseldorf bound flight…in Edinburgh! @British_Airways #BritishAirways #BA3271— Peter James-Hamilton (@PJamesHamilton) March 25, 2019Even Edinburgh Airport had a few laughs, with a spokesperson saying: “We’re a welcoming airport that is always happy to greet visitors from all over the world to our fantastic city, but this was a surprise for us as well as them! We were happy to work with the various teams across the airport to help make the trip to Edinburgh a pleasurable, albeit short, one.”More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?A spokesman for WDL Aviation said that the airline is working closely with authorities to investigate how the mix-up of flight schedules occurred. The spokesperson also confirmed that the airline will be contacting each customer individually to apologize. EDINBURGH — Passengers onboard a recent flight from London to Dusseldorf first noticed something was off when they heard a cheery “welcome to Edinburgh” over the PA system.Edinburgh? As in Scotland? As in a totally different country from Germany?!Turns out the British Airways flight, which was being operated by German-based WDL Aviation on a lease agreement, mistakenly landed 500 miles away in the Scottish capital after the pilot was given an incorrect flight plan.The flight attendant onboard made light of the situation, calling out over the PA system, “Holy schmoly! No one to Edinburgh? No one to Edinburgh?”He also jokingly asked passengers to not make photos or videos, knowing full well the mix-up would instantly go viral on social media.Of course, unbeknownst to him, the flight attendant’s announcement was already being videotaped by a passenger. In the video, he’s also heard saying, “We apologize about that, we don’t know where the problem is. But it has happened and we do the best to bring you as soon as possible to Dusseldorf.”More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalAfter refueling in Edinburgh, the plane once again took off for Dusseldorf at 10:30 a.m. The flying-faux-pas ended up adding an additional one hour and 20 minutes to the total flight time.To their credit, most of the passengers onboard found the whole thing hilarious. Once the story went viral, people around the world took to Twitter to poke fun at the situation.Irwell Johnson tweeted in support of BA implementing ‘mystery’ plane tickets as a permanent feature: “I think it would be fab if you could buy a mystery lottery plane ticket. A weekend return, hand luggage only. You only find out where you’re going when you get there.”I think it would be fab if you could buy a mystery lottery plane ticket. A weekend return, hand luggage only. You only find out where you’re going when you get there.Cool AF.BBC News – BA flight lands in Edinburgh instead of Düsseldorf by mistake— Irwell Johnson (@IrwellJohnson) March 25, 2019 Sharelast_img read more