A Deloitte report said that 51% of the 5000 surveyed women feel less optimistic about their jobs in the pandemic. With the increased workload, women reported a 35 point drop in mental health and a 29 point drop in motivation compared to pre-pandemic levels. 57% of the 500 women surveyed in India feel career growth is slow during the pandemic, while 61% are less optimistic over jobs. Indian women feel more challenged as 80% take up household chores and 47% take up childcare responsibilities.
Twitter’s image cropping AI is partial towards black people and men, as it tends to crop them out. A microblogging site’s study revealed an 8% difference from statistical quality in favor of women and 4% in favor of white people. To resolve the issue, Twitter shows standard aspect ratio images without crop. AI biases are not uncommon, Amazon scrapped its AI recruiting tool that favored men. A study by Microsoft- MIT showed AI misidentified people of color more.
Google, as a part of its ‘Women Will’, has announced a new initiative to support 1 mn rural women entrepreneurs in India on International Women’s Day. It will provide guidance and support to women who want to earn through services or hobbies — tailoring, beauty services, home tuition, food processing, etc. Google will work with 2,000 Internet Saathi’s to offer a “how-to” curriculum on turning an interest into a business, managing an enterprise and help other women.
TCS said that it will be building the tech infrastructure for US and Canada-based women’s fashion retail chain ‘maurices’. The partnership value wasn’t disclosed. TCS, as its digital transformation partner, will build its greenfield IT ecosystem, optimize its 200 existing apps and software within next 17 months. The tech service provider will also help maurices build a brand-new data analytics platform and an upgraded e-comm platform.
Snap Inc, the parent company of Snapchat, has pledged to double the number of women staff and minorities in its tech teams. Women staff account for 32% of Snap’s global workforce in 2019 but only 16.1% are in its tech teams. Until now, the firm said, the gender balance in its tech teams was low; it will double the women staff in tech teams by 2023. The number of underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities in the US will also be doubled by 2025.