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As several 2020 presidential hopefuls bounce around early voting states this holiday weekend, one can imagine that Martin Luther King Jr. himself would be proud about one simple fact. More then ever before, the slate of Democratic candidates is shaping up to be remarkably representative of the entire electorate, the most diverse the party has seen, in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and religion.
In a historic way, Democratic primary voters this cycle will likely not only be able to chose someone who looks and sounds more like them, they will likely also have options.
Most likely the Democratic candidates will include several women, mothers, grandmothers and women and men of color. An LGBTQ candidate may announce his run as well soon. (read more)
The scene in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse Tuesday morning looked like it could have been transplanted straight from the wedding of two large families. In some ways the reality of that analogy isn’t that far off.
Surrounded by his cabinet, Governor Mike DeWine, with his wife Fran by his side, smiled broadly as photographers snapped several pictures of the group.
It took several minutes to get to that point as the photographers and staffers put people into their places for the photo, switching one cabinet member several times before finding the perfect spot for her to stand.
DeWine joked later, the number of people in the picture rivaled that of his own family pictures, with all of the grandchildren.
Following the group photo was a series of individual photos with DeWine and the cabinet members posing for a ceremonial swearing-in, with their families present.
Well organized each cabinet member’s department was called up in alphabetical order.
After all the photo opportunities were finished the real work began and DeWine held his first cabinet meeting.
For weeks, those in political circles have marveled at DeWine’s choices for his cabinet; calling them diverse and strong. (read more)
A new report from the Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD) and Deloitte, reveals that women and people of color represent 34% of all corporate board seats in Fortune 500 companies—placing board diversity at an all-time high.
Here are some key findings from the study:
-Black woman gained 32 board seats in 2018, an increase of 26.2% from 2016.
-Black men gained 26 board seats in 2018, an increase of 8.5% from 2016.
-Black and Asian women achieved the largest increase in board seats; black women at a 44.8% increase, and Asian women at a 30.8% increase.
-Companies are increasingly re-appointing minority board members to their boards rather than seeking out new directors.
“The increase in boardroom diversity over the last two years is encouraging, but we must not overlook that Caucasian/White men still hold 66% of all Fortune 500 board seats and 91.1% of chairmanships on these boards,” said Linda Akutagawa, chair for the Alliance for Board Diversity and president and CEO, LEAP (Leadership for Asian Pacifics). (read more)
Pinterest released its annual diversity report for 2018 Monday, and it followed the same theme as similar endeavors from other tech companies: We’ve made progress, but “we still have a long way to go.”
The company met two of its three hiring goals for 2018 and just missed the third.
Its goal was to increase hiring rates for people from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds in non-engineering roles to 12 percent, and the company exceeded that goal and reached 14 percent.
Pinterest fell just short of its goal to increase hiring rates for engineers from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds to 8 percent, coming in at 7 percent. (read more)