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It is not enough to remove the unfair barriers holding women back; we also need to confront the unfair privileges propelling men forward. (Shutterstock)

‘Benevolent sexism’ in startups widens the gender gap by advantaging men over women

For Canada’s new Women Entrepreneurship Strategy to be effective, we must gain a deeper understanding of sexism in startup spaces.
The Fordson High School girls basketball team in Dearborn includes many players who wear the traditional hijab for modesty. Carlos Osorio/AP

A brief history of Dearborn, Michigan – the first Arab-American majority city in the US

The city often becomes a magnet for anti-Arab sentiment during election years and global conflicts; however, the more interesting story is what happens in the city when the spotlight is turned off.
An engraving from 1992 representing a voodoo rite in Haiti. Nicolas Jallot/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

How the word ‘voodoo’ became a racial slur

Shows, movies and day-to-day language promote myths about voodoo that reinforce more than a century of stereotypes and discrimination, writes a scholar of Africana studies.
Big video game companies often time the release of their most popular titles around the holidays, and that means Christmas shoppers can make an impact by reflecting on the games they buy. (Shutterstock)

Buying indie video games over the holidays can help make the industry more ethical and fair

Video game companies often time the release of their most popular titles for the holiday season. Now is the time to reflect on the political economy of video games and which games we buy.
Coping with everyday affronts comes at a cost and requires a certain level of emotional suppression. RyanJLane/E+ via Getty Images

Racism produces subtle brain changes that lead to increased disease risk in Black populations

Racial threats and slights take a toll on health, but the continual invalidation and questioning of whether those so-called microaggressions exist has an even more insidious effect, research shows.
To address barriers that racialized women with non-native accents experience in the Canadian workplace, we need to understand what kinds of bias they face. (Shutterstock)

How ‘benevolent sexism’ undermines Asian women with foreign accents in the workplace

Recent research explores how women with non-native English accents — specifically Mandarin — fare in the Canadian job market.
Complaints of racial discrimination at the Regina General Hospital highlight how bullying and harassment are damaging workplaces across Canada. (Moms & Kids Health Saskatchewan)

Regina hospital allegations point to an epidemic of bullying and discrimination in health care

Internal reviews are insufficient to investigate discrimination by hospital administrators and external frameworks are needed to protect employees who face bullying and harassment.

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