04.02.2019 The Weekly Spark

Your stock photo choices just got better...and more inclusive!

From how not to do a TV feature on women without featuring women, to how you can attract a more diverse applicant pool, here’s another Spark to kickstart your week. This issue is brought to you by Chelsea, Kate, Natania, Sarah, and the rest of the ThinkShout team.

(1) Here’s how to write a gender inclusive job posting.

We all loved this post full of practical advice and tips on how to center and welcome applicants who identify across the gender spectrum. [PDXWIT / Portland Women in Tech]

(2) Get more from your RFPs.

Check out these six ways you can improve your RFPs, make solid digital investments, and hopefully have more money left over to invest directly in the causes you love. [Medium]

(3) Finally, a stock photo library that includes nonbinary folks!

It can be challenging to find authentic, diverse representation in stock photos. Check out this new photo library of nonbinary individuals that goes beyond the clichés of holding a trans flag. [The Gender Spectrum Collection]

(4) “Read time” labels are making their way to the mainstream.

Turns out that listicles aren’t the only or even necessarily the best way to grab and hold attention: shorter isn’t inherently better! By publishing read times, it seems like the average time we spend reading one piece online might be going up. [Medium]

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(5) Did you catch the 60 Minutes on women in tech that featured zero women?

When 60 Minutes wanted to better understand what initiatives were proving effective in closing the gender gap in tech, they sought out well-known women-led programs. Why then did they only feature a male CEO in the final segment? See what Girls Who Code and littleBits had to say about it. [Medium]

(6) We love this platform for helping women and girls in tech.

#BuiltByGirls platform Wave offers the kind of holistic pipeline of support that is lacking in the tech industry and lacking mention in the aforementioned 60 Minutes interview. [Forbes]

(7) How extremism happens so easily on YouTube.

With the New Zealand shooting being optimized for social media virality, this article illustrates just how much one platform’s algorithm boosts extreme content. [Medium]

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