Both women and men fall prey to gender bias. Learn how bias is tied to the way our brain functions and can be useful. Explore strategies to become aware of your own bias and prevent it from controlling your thinking. Men attribute outcomes using external locus of control (with success due to their ability and failure due to lack of effort). Women attribute internally (with failure at a task seen as related to task difficulty and success as a function of luck).
- If your brain is working, you have bias.…Now, I know,…I know,…we think of this as a dirty four letter word.…But it doesn't have to be.…And we can't hide from it.…If you're interested in gender equality,…you must understand bias.…The good news is…you can literally retrain your brain to reduce your bias.…Your brain isn't a muscle…but it functions like one in some ways.…Retraining it requires understanding your bias…and regular self-reflection.…
There are multiple types of bias.…The two I want to focus on are unconscious bias…and confirmation bias.…Let's start with unconscious bias,…which has a significant effect on women and minorities…in workplaces around the globe.…Unconscious bias, or implicit associations,…can be defined as subconscious attitudes,…favorable or unfavorable,…about groups of people based on identify characteristics.…This ties to traditional gender roles.…An unconscious bias found in both men and women…equates men with careers and women with family.…
In an Implicit Associations Test,…conducted of roughly 850,000 people…
- Recognize strengths of both male and female brains.
- Determine which method to use to optimize time spent developing your skills.
- Identify three strategies used to obtain useful feedback.
- Summarize the concept of a double bind.
- List three strengths that women bring to negotiations.
- Recall the four characteristics of the developmental dilemma.