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Half of the UK public believe that the gender pay gap will never close
"The research also highlights the amount of misunderstanding that exists among the public around what the gender pay gap is. A sizable majority (71%) of the public choose the wrong definition – that the gender pay gap is “the difference in pay between men and women doing the same job”. This compares to just one in five (20%) that picked the correct answer – that it is “the difference between average earnings for men and women regardless of what job they do.”" It seems to me that this is less a matter of the public being wrong than of capture by special interests.
Women's Political Engagement Under Quota-Mandated Female Representation Evidence From a Randomized Policy Experiement
"Do affirmative action measures for women in politics change the way constituents view and interact with their female representatives? A subnational randomized policy experiment in Lesotho with single-member districts reserved for female community councilors provides causal evidence to this question. Using survey data, I find that having a quota-mandated female representative either has no effect on or actuallyreduces several dimensions of women’s self-reported engagement with local politics."
Why don’t women peer review as often as men? Fewer invites and RSVPs, researchers say
The researchers "found the gender discrepancies stemmed from women – of all levels of seniority — receiving fewer invitations to review (both from male and female authors). And when women get their invites, they say “no” more often." Those two sentences might be connected somehow.

"How CGI Transformed Animated Storytelling"

Found this kind of interesting:

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Mass–Elite Divides in Aversion to Social Change and Support for Donald Trump
"Aversion to social change is strongly predictive of support for Trump at the mass level, even among racial minorities. But attitudes are far more accepting of social change among elites than the public and aversion to social change is not a factor explaining elite Trump support."
Researchers are keeping pig brains alive outside the body
A step towards Futurama-style head jars?
Creativity at the Knowledge Frontier: The Impact of Specialization in Fast- and Slow-paced Domains
"the pace of change in a knowledge domain shapes the relative return from being a specialist or a generalist. We show that generalist scientists performed best when the pace of change was slower and their ability to draw from diverse knowledge domains was an advantage in the field, but specialists gained advantage when the pace of change increased and their deeper expertise allowed them to use new knowledge created at the knowledge frontier."

The shape of Democratic party

I came across this tweet recently:

It hints that appointing candidates from particular demographic groups might tone down the rhetoric somethwat. It also seems to be that this has a chance to better represent the position of non-white members of the Democratic party. Take a look at these figures:

I find it unsurprising that such individuals might weight relatively heavily the implications as to civil rights / racism when it comes to choosing who to vote for, but in a strange way is seem to suggest a dependency on the existence of racism in order to push forward a particular political agenda. In a sense for a particular subset of the democratic party there seems to be some fairly strong incentives to appear to challenge racism while simultaneously there exist some incentives to ensure that racism actually isn't dealt with. Call me overly cynical if you wish, but I wonder if this might be a semi-reasonable (if not particularly positive) explanation for some of the strategies deployed which seem to have a high likelihood of backfiring.

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