Every time someone asks Siri or Alexa to do something, that user might unwittingly be compounding gender inequality. A United Nations report suggests that when digital home assistants come with a default female voice, they perpetuate the stereotype that women must be helpful, accommodating and downright subservient. The encoding of such biases into everyday technologies can only exacerbate gender disparities and perceptions as we enter an era of intensifying digitization.
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