Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity of people.
Diversity of thought.
A smarter planet for everyone.


Jim Caldwell with his child, Laurie
Jim Caldwell with his child,

Recognizing Work / Life Challenges

A new generation of workers demands new solutions for work/life challenges. IBM leads the way in rethinking workplace needs and in creating services that meet them.


Newspapers begin to report on AIDS.


Sculptor/architect Maya Lin, a 22 - year - old Chinese American, designs the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.


Gerry Studds (D-Mass.) becomes the first U.S. Congressman to declare himself gay.

Sally K. Ride becomes the first U.S. female astronaut.


Mikhail Gorbachev comes to power in USSR, initiates Perestroika reforms.


A nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl kills 31, exposing thousands to radiation poisoning.

Reappearance of Halley's Comet, the first comet whose period --76 years-- was correctly calculated.


Formation of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP).

(C)Brain, first virus detected in computers.


Soviet bloc crumbles; Cold War ends.

Julia Chang Bloch becomes the first Asian American U.S. ambassador.

Fall of the Berlin Wall.