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Paul Ryan's 'white' selfie with interns shows lack of diversity in Washington

The speaker of the House was subject to online ridicule after his Instagram post with dozens of Capitol Hill interns who were overwhelmingly white<p>House speaker Paul Ryan was lambasted on Twitter on Sunday after posting what he thought was a harmless selfie with some of Capitol Hill’s interns.<p>The …

Middle Eastern women were once discouraged from sport. A new generation now chases Olympic glory.

DUBAI — In a coffeehouse with the world’s tallest building preening from two miles out the front window, here sits another groundbreaker: a 26-year-old, female, Emirati, Arab, Muslim, competitive weightlifter with a vitality in her tone, a hijab on her head and a herniated disk hollering from her …

Abu Dhabi

One disability emoji isn’t enough ♿. So we’ve made 18 to celebrate World Emoji Day

<b>It’s World Emoji Day on Sunday (17 July) and we’re celebrating by releasing a set of 18 emoji designs featuring disabled people and Paralympic sports.</b><p>…

Social Media

Retailer Asda to launch 'quiet hour' for shoppers with autism, special needs

A superstore in Manchester, England, is making one loud contribution to autism awareness — simply by being quiet.<p>The Asda Living's Cheetham Hill branch plans to launch a "quiet hour" aimed at providing a comfortable shopping environment for those who live with autism and other …

Meet the First Openly Transgender Speaker at a Party Convention

When Sarah McBride takes the stage in Philadelphia on Thursday night, she will have just three minutes to make her speech. But she will only need to …

Disability advocate steals spotlight at DNC

<b>(CNN) —</b> Anastasia Somoza stole the spotlight at the first night of the Democratic National Convention with a moving speech on Americans with disabilities.<p>Somoza was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia when she was born and uses a wheelchair. She responded to Donald Trump's …

Hillary Clinton

The Most Overlooked Skill in Diversity Training that Impacts Teams

You know about gender, race, sexual orientation, and about expecting respect in the workplace. Here is the one area that is left out and can make a major difference for team creativity.<p>When Maryanne and I work together, or I should say, used to work together, one or both of us would leave at the …

The humble safety pin makes an anti-racism point

<b>There have been reports of racist abuse in the UK since the referendum result.</b><p>One woman has found a simple way to show solidarity against racism - wear a safety pin.<p>@Cheeahs has started the hashtag #SafetyPin which has been shared nearly 30,000 times.<p>Angered by the stories of racism, she used …

Racism

Dodgers continue push for diversity with first scheduled LGBT night

Here's a new one for those forward-thinking Dodgers:<p>They announced Friday they will host an LGBT night on Sept. 27.<p>In their announcement they never actually explained that LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.<p>The team that broke baseball's color barrier, that brought in the …

First look at Scarlett Johansson in Ghost In The Shell stars a lot of white people fueling lack of diversity in Hollywood conversation

“My hope for <i>The Ghost in the Shell</i> is that some of the principal roles do end up going to Asian actors and this doesn’t turn into <i>Exodus Part II,</i>” I …

Scarlett Johansson

NY Times Bosses Warn Managers: Meet Diversity Goals or Get Fired

<i>Washington Post</i> media blogger Erik Wemple reports that <i>The New York Times</i> is getting very serious about diversity goals in recruiting, hiring, and …

The 14 women in history who have tried to be U.S. president

Hillary Clinton is closer to the White House than any woman in American history, but she's hardly the first to set her sights on the role of commander in chief.<p>History reveals that women were running for president before the 19th Amendment gave them the right to vote in 1920.<p>A total of 14 women …

Government

Court commissions sculpture honoring lawyers and slaves who sued for freedom

<b>Updated to</b> reflect the project's funding plan - The Civil Courts building downtown is getting a new sculpture to honor more than 300 slaves and …

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Female Pilots Land Plane In Country Where They're Not Allowed To Drive

👊🏼<p>Three female pilots landed a Boeing 787 Dreamliner last month in a country where women aren't even allowed to drive cars.<p>The all-female crew was a first for Royal Brunei Airlines. They landed in Saudi Arabia, a nation where women face strict punishment for driving due to ultra-conservative …

Travel Industry

Screen Australia to gauge lack of diversity in Australian Drama

Calls from actors including Miranda Tapsell, Firass Dirani, Jay Laga’aia and Remy Hii to end “white casting” on Australian television have helped …

Data shows how major U.S. cities are slowly re-segregating

Cities in America are slowly becoming more segregated, according to a new study published in Sociological Science. Data compiled by American …

Los Angeles

These People Are Showing That Islam Is Compatible With Women's Rights

TUNIS, Tunisia -- A group of 30 imams and Islamic scholars, both men and women, recently gathered around a table to do something historic. Our goal is to find a better way forward for women and girls and to inoculate radicalism in a Muslim country that has, for hundreds of years, been a model …

Religion

Tory Disability Activist Quits Party In Protest At Government's Disability Cuts

Graeme Ellis, a lifelong Conservative voter who is disabled, told BuzzFeed News he could not remain a member of a party which is reducing disability payments while cutting taxes for high earners.<p>Graeme Ellis, a lifelong Conservative voter from Lancaster, quit the party on Wednesday after George …

TV Pilot Season: 6 Casting Directors Talk Diversity Push and Stars They Couldn't Get

In what has become the most competitive year on record, the industry's top wranglers weigh in on the hardest roles to cast, most rewarding …

Disabilities lawyer pioneers legislation for digital accessibility

JTA — To many who know her story, Haben Girma is a hero. In 2013, this daughter of Eritrean immigrants became the first deaf-blind person to graduate …

Disability

Super Bowl celebrates LGBT love, Black Lives Matter

When thousands of people in the crowd turned over the cards they were given by the NFL, they formed a rainbow with the slogan ‘Believe in Love’ …

Forget 'He' Or 'She;' U.S. Universities Asking Students To Use Gender-Inclusive Pronouns

(KCBS) — More American colleges are asking students to use gender neutral pronouns to boost inclusion.<p>The University of Tennessee and American …

Status Indian 'not native enough' to play in All Native Basketball Tournament

Jos Wilson is a proud member of British Columbia's Heiltsuk First Nation. He's also a pretty good basketball player. But Wilson has been told he's …

'Outsider Art' Brings Artists With Disabilities Into The Gallery

"For the artists, seeing things they made in stores gives them a great sense of purpose."<p>The phrase "outsider art" does not, at first glance, seem inclusive. It's a broad term used in the art world to denote the work of self-taught artists who develop outside the institutional structures of art …

Disability

The extraordinary way these first-graders included their deaf classmate

Mirzana Coralic’s 6-year-old son, Zejd, sat silently during his first days of school in Bosnia, the Associated Press reported.<p>Zejd is deaf and didn’t know sign language, and no one at his school could communicate with him, the wire service reported. His teacher tried to reach out to him, and then a …

The racism speech that made Australians sit up and take notice

<b>(CNN) —</b> A powerful speech by a prominent Australian journalist on his country's record on indigenous rights has been viewed more than one million times in three days.<p>The speech, delivered by Stan Grant at an Ethics Centre debate last year, was posted online just days before the country's national …

Disability rights group praises Lego after it unveils its first-ever wheelchair character

Move over cowboys, pirates and astronauts and make way for a Lego guy in a wheelchair. It may have taken the German toy company almost 84 years, but …