Women: Equality is up to You
Female underrepresentation at executive level in government and business is a fact. Should women take responsiblity for it? A reflection on Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's views.
What's the Latest Development?
In a recent college graduation speech, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg spoke about female underrepresentation at the top ranks of government and business. Andrew McAfee liked what he saw as her diagnosis of the root cause and remedies for it. "She places the responsibility largely on the young women themselves, rather than on external forces such as sexism and unequal burdens." Do you agree?
What's the Big Idea?
Rather than have an easy out up their sleeves—the idea that the deck is stacked against them—young women should themselves take responsibility for their career trajectory, claims McAfee. "I also want to echo her advice, and expand it to all graduates this year. The rate of change and uncertainty in the economy is high and getting higher and as I've written before, good jobs might well be getting harder to come by. The best way to thrive in this environment is to be excellent at what you do."
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Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
A new study, led by psychologist Jean Twenge, points to the screen as the problem.
- In a new study, adolescents and young adults are experiencing increased rates of depression and suicide attempts.
- The data cover the years 2005–2017, tracking perfectly with the introduction of the iPhone and widespread dissemination of smartphones.
- Interestingly, the highest increase in depressive incidents was among individuals in the top income bracket.
On Thursday, New Zealand moved to ban an array of semi-automatic guns and firearms components following a mass shooting that killed 50 people.
- Gun control supporters are pointing to the ban as an example of swift, decisive action that the U.S. desperately needs.
- Others note the inherent differences between the two nations, arguing that it is a good thing that it is relatively hard to pass such legislation in such a short timeframe.
- The ban will surely shape future conversations about gun control in the U.S.
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