Get concrete guidance on how to address gender bias in the workplace. Explore the most common types of biases women face and learn about the concept of intersectionality.
(upbeat instrumental music) - We all have unconscious biases. Our brains take in more information than they can process so we rely on mental shortcuts to simply the world around us. Which means we rely on stereotypes, and let me be clear we all do this. Sometimes those mental shortcuts are helpful. If an animal's running towards you in the woods you don't stop to think whether or not it's a bear before you decide what to do. You make a snap judgment, but relying on snap judgments about people can be very harmful. Experts at Harvard developed what's called the IAT, or the Implicit Association Test to better understand the biases we commonly hold. The results are eye opening. 76% of participants more readily associate men with career and women with family, regardless of their own gender. And 75% of participants show a preference for white people over black people, and this is even true for half of black participants. Let those numbers sink in for a moment. It's hard to admit our biases. We don't want to see ourselves falling into these traps, but no one is immune from bias which means we all have work to do. This video series will help you understand the common biases women face. But research shows that awareness is not enough. We need to internalize that gender biases are harmful, and learn how to counteract them in real life. From challenging yourself to slow down and make more measured decisions, to speaking up when you see biased behavior in others. We need to commit to be part of the solution. It's not just the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do. Employees on diverse teams are more committed, and work harder and companies with more women in leadership have more generous employee policies and produce better business results. We all benefit when we tap everyone's talents and ideas and we all rise when women rise. (upbeat instrumental music)