Are ‘Inclusion Riders’ a Libertarian Solution to Workplace Inequality or P.C. Run Amok?

At last night’s Oscars, best-actress-winner Frances McDormand mentioned “inclusion riders” in an acceptance speech that foregrounded issues of gender equity in Hollywood. After asking all the women in the audience who had been nominated for an award to stand up, McDormand concluded:

Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours, whatever suits you best, and we’ll tell you all about them. I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: “inclusion rider.”

So what’s an inclusion rider? Actress and comedian Whitney Cummings explains:

an inclusion rider is something actors put into their contracts to ensure gender and racial equality in hiring on movie sets. We should support this for


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