Double standards aren’t just infuriating; they can also dent your performance by distracting your attention. So how can you deal with them constructively? HBR has ideas.
By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)
Double standards aren’t just infuriating; they also can dent your performance through stereotype threat. That’s the psychological term for the anxiety that individual performance will be generalized to the whole group – or, to give a day-to-day example, it’s the problem faced by the girl who does less well on her math test because she’s worried that if she fails everyone will think girls are lousy at math.
That’s an example from school, but double standards and the anxiety they produce unfortunately aren’t confined to classrooms.
Women in clean energy may now occupy a small place, but it’s never a dull place!
By Nancy Pfund (Managing Director, DBL Investors)
As a woman in venture capital, I am part of a small club, and it’s part of my job to try to change that. As a woman in clean tech venture capital, the club is smaller still – but somehow it fits like a glove.
While it pains me to say this, women in clean tech venture capital are as much the exception to the rule as renewable energy is to the U.S. energy supply.
For example, for all the hoopla
Ellen Pao’s lawsuit allows our community to discuss these “women in tech” issues as real problems.
By Cristina Cordova (Business Development, Pulse)
TechCrunch reported that Kleiner Perkins Partner Ellen Pao sued her firm for gender and sexual discrimination. A friend immediately told me “Well that’s career suicide” and I can’t say I didn’t think the same thing. While few can comment on whether the allegations are true, this news does highlight some of the reactions the media and tech community have had to gender issues in the past.