For a supposedly enlightened generation, gender employment bias still runs rife among many employment sectors, which leads me to the question:
If we want our daughters to succeed in male dominated industries, should we be giving them gender-neutral names?
In 1999 American Scientists, Rhea E. Steinpreis, Katie A. Anders, and Dawn Ritzke, conducted a study to determine whether employers were more biased towards hiring men over equally qualified women. They created two versions of a CV which were identical aside from the name on top; one being for Dr. Brian Miller and the other being for Dr. Karen Miller.
The researchers asked over 100 university psychologists to rate the CVs and found, rather disturbingly, that around 3 quarters of the psychologists thought Brian was hireable, whereas just under half the participants thought the same about Karen.
When scientific research on gender differences is published or publicly discussed, newspaper headlines would often have you believe that there are major hardwired differences between the brains of males and females.
Is this really the case?
In the lecture embedded below psychologist, philosopher, and writer, Cordelia Fine demonstrates how newspapers and even scientists take these studies out of context and create or exaggerate gender differences in the brain without providing the evidence: Read more
Let’s talk about feedback conversations online. It’s challenging in person, even more so online.
But let me ask you first, Would you feel safer knowing people were honest with their feedback, or if they withheld opinion or obscured their truth? The answer seems pretty obvious yet our reactions don’t always match our intentions. It would be great if everyone took the attitude that Marcus Aurelius took, one of the great emperors of the Roman empire and Stoic Philosopher:
If anyone can refute me‚ show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective‚ I’ll gladly change.