MERGE Makes Strides Toward LGBT Workplace Equality

Coming out at work is becoming easier for LGBT workers with inclusive policies making their way from the board room into the everyday culture of the American workplace. Things are progressing and there is a demand for more equality, but hard-working Michigan employees are still at risk of being fired or harassed on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

September 10, 2016

Transgender in tech: Inclusion, with limits

SAN FRANCISCO - Kiernynn Grantham-Crum is starting college this fall at UC Berkeley to study programming with the goal of one day landing a job in Silicon Valley. Like many, the new high school grad is nervous about building skills coveted by the tech industry.

September 7, 2016

How brands can fly the rainbow flag for the LGBT community

The past year has seen huge progress in the portrayal of sexual and gender identity in popular culture. From American actress Hari Nef becoming Elle's first transgender cover star to the unveiling of same-sex pedestrian crossing symbols for Pride in London 2016, diversity is being embraced like never before.

September 4, 2016

Hacking The Wage Gap

Are we finally on the verge of achieving equal pay for equal work? The answer is sadly no, although arguably progress is being made. The latest estimate from the Census Bureau indicates that in the United States, female workers earn 79 cents to every male dollar -- 2 cents higher than a decade ago.

August 30, 2016

The privacy industry has managed to stay gender-equal - will it last?

The relatively new privacy industry has so far been immune to the gender bias that permeates many other fields, according to data from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). While sexism continues to be a problem across many related professions - consider the lack of women on boards, the sexist courtroom dialog, and Silicon Valley's gender bias, the privacy field appears to be a rare beacon of gender equity.

August 20, 2016