Violinist: Music by Living Black Composers Directory Now Available Online. “Rachel Barton Pine is determined to make it easier for performers, conductors, and concert programmers to find the music of black composers, and today her foundation launched a free online directory of living black composers called the Music By Black Composers: Living Composers Directory.”
Niche Canada: The Syllabus Project. “Has anyone else noticed how often environmental history syllabi largely omit women and scholars of colour? A colleague’s initial Twitter query about good sources for an environmental syllabus was followed by dozens of excellent suggestions—but none of those suggested sources were written by women and few were by scholars of colour. Dolly Jørgensen commented on this lack of diversity, and a lively Twitter discussion ensued about the structural reasons for underrepresentation. A discussion on the Women’s Environmental History Network (WEHN) email list occurred simultaneously, while the #WomenAlsoKnowHistory hashtag and website https://womenalsoknowhistory.com/ were in development.”
Middletown Press: CAA Creates Online Database for TV Writers of Color. “CAA has launched a new database, Amplify Database, a searchable directory for some 800 TV writers of color. The database was unveiled Thursday morning at the agency’s second annual Amplify summit. Made up of 808 writers, Amplify Database will be free to use for studios, showrunners and networks.” CAA Stands for Creative Artists Agency.
BBC News: Google diversity figures show little change. “A new report from Google has revealed that little has changed despite a commitment to increasing diversity among staff employed by the tech giant. Overall nearly 70% of Google staff were men, as has been the case since 2014. In the US almost 90% were white or Asian, 2.5% were black and 3.6% Latin American.”
Inequality: BlackHer – A New Online Platform Raises the Voices of Black Women Politically and Economically. “With only 19 African-American women in Congress – representing a paltry 3.5 percent of both chambers – this year, Black women are ready to see a return on their investment. Taking matters into their own hands, Black women are ramping up their efforts to increase their political representation. Pushing forward with this movement is BlackHer, an online platform with the mission to provide resources and important information that highlights the visible and loud chorus of African American women that can shift elections, shape consumerism, and reinvent America’s broken systems.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Female Historians Try to End the I-Didn’t-Know-Any-Women Excuse for Men-Only Panels. “Following in the footsteps of other disciplines, a group of female historians unveiled a searchable online database on Tuesday listing their peers’ areas of expertise and contact information. The site — called Women Also Know History — is meant to make it abundantly easy to find female historians to invite to speak at conferences, quote in articles, or add to a syllabus.”
Business Insider: A Google engineer got up in front of the board and condemned the firm’s ‘chilling’ diversity failures. “A Google engineer got up in front of the board and read out a damning statement about the company’s ‘chilling’ failure to improve diversity. Google’s parent company Alphabet held its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday and during the 75-minute event, software engineer Irene Knapp presented a proposal on behalf of investor Zevin Asset Management and ‘concerned employees.'”