On February 24, I spent the day in Silicon Valley at the Watermark LeadOn Conference for Women (#LeadOnCA) along with 5000+ women listening to speakers like Hillary Clinton, Brené Brown and Diane Von Furstenburg. Gloria Feldt led a panel discussion on women and pay equity. Gloria is co-founder and president of Take The Lead, the new women’s leadership movement to prepare, develop, inspire and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. In my interview with her, we discussed negotiating for pay, Patricia Arquette and unconscious bias.
How does unconscious bias play a role in the internal, external and systemic barriers facing women?
I am more and more working on unconscious bias from two angles, because railing about it doesn’t change anything.
First is for women and men to understand what unconscious bias is. And by that I mean men are not bad guys, but we all grow up in same cultural soup and end up with the same types of bias. The first step is to unpack unconscious bias and have a laugh about it. In a training, for example, I’ll ask women to sit like men and men to sit like women and they crack up and we go from there.
The second angle is to teach people to be able to communicate with each other. Oppressed groups have to understand the language of the group with all the power. Then you can teach them YOUR language. Bring them over to your ideas and your experiences.
Then there is also the hard work of organizational culture. Creating ways to look at resumes, ways to build your talent pool that decrease unconscious bias.
How does unconscious bias impact pay equity for women and negotiating – the topic of the panel you led here at the conference? (more…)
Share the action you’ll be taking in the next 7 days as a comment at the end of this post or over on my Facebook page.
Warmth and Competence
- Profile on Amy Cuddy, Harvard Magazine
- “Connect, Then Lead” Amy Cuddy, Harvard Business Review
- “When Professionals Become Mothers, Warmth Doesn’t Cut the Ice.” by Amy Cuddy
- How Stereotypes About Warmth and Competence Impact Mothers by Kristin Maschka
On Purpose, Identity, and Interrupting Bias
- “Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers” Harvard Business Review (A great article to share and discuss)
- Interventions that Affect Gender Bias in Hiring
- Hacking Tech’s Diversity Problem by Joan Williams (links to research on advertising jobs as “salary negotiable”)
- Hacking Sexism in the Time of Gamer Gate
- (Note: Both “tech” articles are applicable to all contexts.)
- Necessary Dreams: Ambition in Women’s Changing Lives by Anna Fels
- What Works for Women at Work by Joan Williams
- Remodeling Motherhood by Kristin Maschka
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