In this week’s news roundup, we’re celebrating Black History Month, recognizing America’s caregiving crisis, welcoming the birth of a period emoji, amplifying the message that we need more female directors in Hollywood, and more. 

The FQ Equality News 2.8.19

Author: Holly Corbett

In this week’s news roundup, we’re celebrating Black History Month, recognizing America’s caregiving crisis, welcoming the birth of a period emoji, amplifying the message that we need more female directors in Hollywood, and more. Have an energizing weekend and come back next Friday for more updates on all things gender equality.

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Spotlight on black women changing the game In honor of Black History Month, “She Thrives: Black Women Making History Today,” highlights 10 amazing women you should know from a variety of generations, occupations and regions. From a teacher using social media to bridge education and activism to a mom leading the charge to end gun violence, these stories deserve to be told.

Source: NBCNews

America is facing a caregiving crisis Nearly 75% of the U.S. workforce has some kind of caregiving responsibility. New research shows that more than 80% of those caregivers say home responsibilities keep them from doing their best work. Interestingly, more men than women said they have left a job due to caregiving. In order for companies to attract and retain the best talent, organizations should map out better plans to help employees balance work and home responsibilities.

Source: WSJ

Welcome the period emoji In an effort to minimize shame and stigma around menstruation for females worldwide, the global girl’s rights charity Plan International UK campaigned for a period emoji. Unicode gave it the green light, and soon you may see a red droplet added to your keyboard.

Source: Vogue

A new challenge for diversifying Hollywood From 2007 to 2018, just 4% of the directors of the 1200 top grossing films were women, according to The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. The organization presented the 4% challenge to big names in Hollywood to increase the number of women and women of color in the director’s chair. Onboard are celebs such as TK and Universal Studios are onboard.

Source: Refinery29

Advice for men in the post-movement era We’ve heard the conversation before about men being afraid to mentor women. The topic has been popping up frequently in the last few weeks, especially in our lounge at the World Economic Forum, and afterwards when The New York Times covered our challenge. Our CEO Shelley Zalis offers concrete ways to coach men on what is okay and not okay to do or say in the workplace today.

Source: Forbes

The FQ Buzz: Don’t miss this Spotify podcast, The Future of Women in Tech, that covers our lounge at CES 2019, where leaders spoke about opportunities to make the tech world more diverse, how to find a good mentor, advice for the next generation of female leaders, and more.