1. Ford-Kavanaugh Hearing: 5 Social Takeaways
1. Across the world, people were tuning into the hearing, including passengers on airplanes.
2. According to Merriam-Webster, the top lookups on the day of the hearing were: collegial, exculpatory, sequela, sexual assault, indelible. Indelible is a reference to Ford’s response when asked to describe the assault.
“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense,” said Ford. “I was underneath one of them while the two laughed. Two friends having a really good time with one another.”
3. During the hearing, calls to the National Sexual Hotline spiked by 201%.
4. A poll found Republicans have grown more in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, whereas Democrats are increasingly opposed after the hearings.
5. 310 out of every 1K sexual assaults are reported to police. This means 2 out of 3 cases go unreported.
2. Apple Strives for Creativity in Classrooms
Two years ago, Apple released Everyone Can Code, an initiative that aligns with STEM, which teaches students how to code, starting in kindergarten. Today, Apple launches Everyone Can Create, an initiative focused on the more creative side of the brain (right). The free program will operate off of Apple Books. After 40 years of research, Apple has come to the conclusion that creative thinking leads to deeper engagement, and these skills help students become better collaborators, communicators and problem solvers. Despite the obvious appeal of the initiative, Apple has been struggling to obtain a dominance in schools, as many turn to cheaper alternatives such as Chromebooks and Microsoft Windows-based products.
3. Cali Requires Women on Boards
The Golden State has become the 1st state to require publicly traded companies to include women on their board of directors. At least one female director has to be on the board of each Cali-based public corporation by the end of 2019. By 2021, at least 3 female directors will be required for boards. This mandate is one of many that Gov. Jerry Brown is signing into effect before leaving office. A few other initiatives include requiring smaller companies to provide sexual harassment training and banning secret settlements related to sexual assault and harassment. Many believe these measures could help reduce sexual assault and make companies more successful overall.