Tag Archive: Gender Bias

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    by Angie Chang

    You Might Be Discriminating Against Women And Not Realize It

    Even in the same job, at the same level of experience, the same education, same race, same hours worked, etc. … women still earn less than men do.

    By Maggie Koerth-Baker (Contributor, Boing Boing)

    Let’s talk about the pay gap. Census data show shows that, in 2008, American women still earned .77 cents for every $1 earned by American men.

    And, while some of this has to do with women working different jobs then men, working less hours, or spending less

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    by Angie Chang

    The New Girls’ Network: The Science Of Office Politics

    Mothers are 79% less likely to be hired, only half as likely to be promoted, offered an average of $11,000 less in salary and held to higher performance and punctuality standards than an identical woman without children.

    By Joan C. Williams (Author, The New Girls’ Network)

    Advice literature for women is a crowded field and a predictable one. Most advice falls into one of two woefully inadequate camps:

    1. Man up! The most common advice assumes that the problem is that women need to act more like men. Men tend to negotiate harder, act with more confidence and go after plum assignments that will require them to stretch and swagger. All this is good advice – sometimes, for some women. It will work for you if you tend to act in traditionally feminine ways: modest, happy to play support roles and attuned to the comfort of others

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    by Angie Chang

    Can Mothers Found Startups? (Hint: Yes)

    “People expect mothers to be less committed and therefore give them less responsibility and pay them less from the start.”

    By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)

    An article in this weekend’s New York Times shed some more light on Silicon Valley’s worst-kept secret: it has a woman problem. Its look at female founders of tech start-ups who also have children shows a remarkable lack of self-consciousness about Maternal Wall bias, the strongest and most open form of gender bias today.

    According to the article, women make up 10% of founders at high-growth tech companies, and raise 70% less capital than men do. There are a lot of reasons for this; we discussed sexual harassment in our last post, and we’ll take on the meritocracy myth

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    by Angie Chang

    Debunking The Myth Of Meritocracy In Business For Women

    Men in merit-based organizations received higher bonuses than women, despite identical job performance evaluations. This bias did not surface in organizations that did not emphasize merit.

    By Leah Eichler (Contributing Writer, Femme-O-Nomics)

    Imagine a business environment where the best performers garner the highest wages and receive the most appropriate promotions. Sounds like your average, everyday workplace, right? Think again.

    The idea that compensation, job allocation and even business opportunities correspond with merit seems almost ubiquitous in the workplace and in an ideal world, it should even out discriminatory practices. In fact, some well-known business leaders tout the meritocracy as the de-facto approach and any discrepancy between men’s and women’s roles and salaries can

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    by Angie Chang

    Why Shouldn’t A Woman Start A Software Technology Company?

    “It’s high time we use technology and build the solution. This is why I – a woman, a mother, a professional – started and am leading this software technology company.”

    By Catheryne Nicholson (Co-Founder & CEO, MommaZoo)

    I’m an engineer. I’m a mother. I’m a leader. I’m co-founder of MommaZoo. As with most women, the roads of my life are these: woman, career, mother. I had amazing teachers in high school and I fell in love with physics, geometry, and calculus. This led me to study aeronautical engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy.

    It was tough. Really tough. Back then, many men (and women, unfortunately) had idiotic opinions that women did not belong at the Academy or the Navy (these were pre-Tailhook times). Same goes for women cutting it in engineering (this bias unfortunately still exists). That really pisses me off.

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    by Angie Chang

    Compliments That Kill Career Advancement

    Ingrained stereotypes need to be recognized in order to see progress.

    By Leah Eichler (Contributing Writer, Femme-O-Nomics)

    Close your eyes and quickly think of a visionary business leader. Is your example male or female?

    At risk of annoying friends and acquaintances, this question serves to illustrate that despite our best intentions, many associate specific business traits with either men or women.

    These generalized attributes may sound good at the onset. After all, being viewed as “collaborative” or “good at developing relationships” allows many of us to efficiently complete our tasks

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    by Angie Chang

    How Universities Fail Women Inventors, Confirm Gender Bias

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-In-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Bloomberg’s Scott Shane wrote about how studies have shown “Male academics are much more likely than their female counterparts to start companies to exploit their inventions”.

    He writes:

    “To figure out whether licensing officers favor the inventions of male inventors for spinoff companies, some colleagues and I conducted an experiment with 239 technology licensing officers at 88 leading research universities.

    We randomly assigned a male name and picture

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    by Angie Chang

    Hate Your Boss? Ask Yourself If Gender Bias is to Blame

    By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)

    Once a year or so, a study or trend piece comes out about why women are bad to work for. Like Good Morning America’s “Bad Female Boss? She May Have Queen Bee Syndrome” or The Daily Mail‘s “Men are the best bosses: Women at the top are just too moody (and it’s women themselves who say so)” or Oprah Magazine’s “When Good Women Make Bad Bosses.”

    And then there’s popular culture: from “Working Girl” to “The Devil Wears Prada,” the evil female boss is almost as tired a trope as the prostitute with a heart of gold.