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Systemic Bias: From the Classroom to the Boardroom

by Julie Graber | on 13 Sep 2019

Two great reads on systemic bias from Paolo Gaudiano: it starts in the classroom and follows women all the way to the boardroom. When metrics of success are based on male strengths and norms, there is little room to value what women bring to the table. This is a failure of our systems and practices, not the women whose careers may suffer the consequences.

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The Real Problem: Systemic Bias

by Julie Graber | on 29 Aug 2019

Implicit or unconscious bias has gotten a great deal of attention in the diversity and inclusion circles over the past couple of years. The jury is still out, though, as to whether or not training is the way to fix the problem. There is a bias, however, that we can do something about. That bias is systemic bias.

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Going Public with an All-Male Board

by Julie Graber | on 15 Aug 2019

WeWork is just the latest in a long line of firms who have filed for an IPO with an all-male board. Attempts to explain it away by pointing the the venture capital firms who funded the start-up is no excuse - going public means asking a much broader group of shareholders to invest in the firm - shareholders who have a right to have representation at the board table.

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On the Likability of Political Candidates

by Julie Graber | on 12 Aug 2019

I was reminded of Judith Butler’s work on gender as a social construction while reading Rebecca Solnit’s Unconscious Bias is Running for President and Ella Nilsen’s “Likability” ratings in a recent New Hampshire poll show just how tough female candidates have it in the space of an afternoon.

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The Untested Rape Kits - What Happened Next

by Julie Graber | on 8 Aug 2019

Remember the backlog of untested rape kits reported in the news a number of years ago? This article provides an in-depth look at what has happened in the wake of this scandal.

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Do Men Mentor More Than Women?

by Julie Graber | on 5 Aug 2019

There are many reasons why the answer might be yes, including the percentage of mid-to-senior managers who are men, the demands on women’s time, and the way women network. But there may be another factor influencing our perceptions: our expectation that women will be supportive and nurturing may keep us from seeing all of the mentoring that women do.

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Calling Out the Mike Pence Rule

by Julie Graber | on 5 Aug 2019

Promoted by Mike Pence, the rule to not be alone with a person of the opposite sex has become the latest battle cry for conservative political candidates. As more candidates jump on the bandwagon, where will it leave women who just want to do their job? And let’s be frank - women are the ones paying the price.

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Privacy Concerns: Latest Excuse to Avoid Talking About Diversity

by Julie Graber | on 5 Aug 2019

Apparently, some folks think “tell us a little about yourself” is asking for too much information from public company board members.

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Because Board Diversity Isn't Enough

by Julie Graber | on 5 Aug 2019

The 2019 proxy season is nearing its end, and gender diversity on boards is in the news. Companies are welcoming the media attention that comes their way thanks to nonprofit organizations and activist shareholder groups who advocate to increase the number of serving on corporate boards, but many of these same organizations fail miserably at gender equality inside the organization. Here are just a few I’ve run across recently.

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Advancing to the C-Suite: The Most Damning Number

by Julie Graber | on 5 Aug 2019

There’s only one demographic group whose representation increases as they climb the corporate ladder: white men.

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