Dec 7, 2017

Men and women differ on how to tackle sexual harassment

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Despite the public discourse over the past year, VC firm First Round found a clear disagreement between female and male entrepreneurs in how best to address sexual harassment in the tech industry, according to a recent survey.

  • Women: more female VCs, pressure from VC firms’ own investors (known as “limited partners”), and publicly blacklisting offenders.
  • Men: sensitivity training and more media coverage of incidents when they occur.

Why it matters: The responses to the survey are telling. Women, who have endured sexism and workplace harassment for a very long time, are calling for solutions that have immediate and direct consequences for harassers. Meanwhile, men’s belief that sensitivity training is the top solution suggests they likely perceive the incidents as accidents or minor offenses that can be corrected by greater self-awareness.

More from the survey:

  • 78% of female founders vs. 48% of male founders said they've been harassed or know someone who's been sexually harassed.
  • 70% of female founders vs. 35% of male founders said sexual harassment in the industry is still underreported.
  • Men were 4 times more likely than women to say that the media has overblown the issue (22% vs. 5%).

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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