Friday, October 20, 2017

What Bias? Against Women or “Feminine” Leadership Styles? - HUFFINGTONPOST

by Caroline Turner 
Originally published: October 18, 2017

Who is the object of “gender” bias? Is it women? Is it sometimes men? Is it “feminine” vs. “masculine” styles and approaches?

I have been careful to focus on differences between “masculine” and “feminine” perspectives, styles and strengths and not on differences between men and women. I find statements about what women (or men) do like fingernails on a chalkboard. The only way to describe how women think and behave, and how men do, is to use stereotypes. Stereotypes are at the root of many forms of bias, including gender bias. Harmful stereotypes that keep women back, for example, are:

  • Women will leave to have or care for babies.

Diversity on Company Boards Could Affect How the Next Sexual Abuse Case Is Handled - SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES

by Andrea Shorter
Originally published: October 19, 2017


The recent reports of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s series of sexual assaults against women have put the issue of powerful male predatory conduct back into the national spotlight. An ever-widening constellation of Weinstein-produced powerhouse A-list Oscar-winning stars, including Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and George Clooney, is now stepping forward and over each other to denounce his offenses and to confirm or deny their personal awareness of Weinstein’s apparently decades-long rumored “old school casting couch” manners of abuse. Questions concerning who knew what and for how long, and how Weinstein was able to behave as he did for decades, remain largely unanswered, troublesome and all too familiar.

Bill Cosby (by the way—who is it that is still watching The Cosby Show reruns on TV One? Really?), the late Fox Media chief Roger Ailes (and mentor to POTUS President Donald “Grab ‘em by the p#$%y” Trump), and Harvey Weinstein collectively are responsible for at least 120 reported incidents of sexual assault. Yes, just one victim is enough. Still, you cannot deny that 120 is a grossly staggering number of known survivors of four mega-mogul powerhouse predators.

Quebec's controversial consultations into systemic racism get new mandate, name - CBC

Originally published: October 18, 2017

The Couillard government has announced an overhaul to the province's controversial consultations on systemic racism, including a change in focus and a new leadership mandate.

David Heurtel, Quebec's newly appointed immigration and diversity minister, said the province will take over the mandate from the human rights commission.

The move comes a day after Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée announced an investigation into the human rights commission, which has been dogged by infighting and a leadership crisis.

With Women’s Employment Slowing, Employers Need to Do More - TLNT

by Robin Hardman
Originally published: October 19, 2017

An opinion piece in The New York Times a few weeks ago really jolted me.

I had my head buried in “best company” applications all summer— helping clients put together strong submissions for the Fortune 100 Best Companies list. It’s time-consuming work, which is why I hadn’t managed to post a blog in months. Heck, I barely had time to read a newspaper. When I finally had a chance to sit down to the Times’ Sunday Review, it was unnerving to come across a picture of Candace Bergen as Murphy Brown, the smart single lawyer from the 90s TV show of the same name, under this headline: “The Best Era For Working Women Was 20 Years Ago.”

Apparently, after years of steadily climbing, women’s participation in the U.S. labor force has decreased since 2001.

How to attract the next generation of female leaders - TRAINING ZONE

by Lucile Kamar
Originally published: October 19, 2017

Over the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in the number of women in the UK workplaces, now making up 47% of the workforce. However, the number of women within STEM careers is decreasing year on year. Most concerning of all, whilst 73% of entry-level positions in the UK are filled by women, only 34% of managers, directors and senior officials are female.

It’s not news that we need to improve gender balance and create equal opportunities in the workplace, but by taking a closer look at the construction industry as a case study, we can start to focus on solutions.

We know from our research at RICS that the gender imbalance is tangible in the construction sector – the projections are that it will take at least 40 years for the surveying profession to reach equal representation of men and women, from current numbers of just 14% of RICS female professionals.

Cutting through bias - THE AUSTRALIAN

Originally published: October 20, 2017

Professor Iris Bohnet, a behavioural economist and expert on gender equity at the Harvard Kennedy School, says most organisations don’t measure the results of diversity training programs.

There is some disagreement about the ‘business case’ for gender equality. What is your take on it?

The disagreement is justified. The focus to date has largely been on the diversity of corporate boards and senior management teams, and the problem is we don’t have the data required to make solid conclusions. Even when we find a correlation between gender diversity on a board and a company’s performance, we have no way of proving that there is a causal relationship going on. Recently a meta-analysis came out summarising about 120 studies, and it did find a small positive correlation between gender diversity and overall firm performance. But again, this was a correlation, not causation. If we want to establish causality we will have to create teams randomly and measure whether the more diverse teams outperform the homogeneous teams.

“Broad City”‘s Ilana Glazer fired “a couple of dudes” for sexually harassing her - SALON

by Jarrett Lyons
Originally published: October 18, 2017

In an Instagram post Tuesday, Ilana Glazer, vocal feminist and co-creator, producer, writer and star of the television series "Broad City" and "Time-Traveling Bong," admitted to having fired at least two men from her shows for sexual harassment.

After the recent slew of #MeToo stories flooded social media feeds as a community building response to the recent allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein and other men in the entertainment industry, Glazer chimed in. Her story highlights that even when in an unquestionable position of power, women cannot necessarily escape men giving them unwanted sexual attention or worse.