Frances McDormand ended her Oscar acceptance speech with two words: Inclusion Rider. She forced the audience, the public, and the press to ask, “What’s an inclusion rider?” She later informs curious minds that there has always been a rider available to individuals (likely A-list actors/actresses) who negotiate, ask for, or demand a percentage of diversity in either the casting or the crew in a film. An in-depth discussion of the concept is available in Stacy Smith’s 2016 TED Talk available here. The questions: What if Hollywood demanded further diversity? What if board members demanded diversity in the organizations they run? What if executives, in negotiating contracts, demanded diversity in order to accept employment? What if, executive compensation was determined through with an eye towards achievement of the inclusion rider?
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