Kate Raphael talks with Joan C. Williams, founding director of the UC Hastings Center for Work Life Law about her new study, Double Jeopardy: Gender Bias Against Women of Color in Science. Williams, the coauthor of the book What Works For Women At Work, also talks about strategies for interrupting workplace bias.
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A new study, Double Jeopardy released from the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings combines in-depth interviews of 60 women of color in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with a survey of 557 women in STEM (both women of color and white women), and finds pervasive gender bias.
The report introduces a new approach to organizational change to interrupt gender bias, called Metrics-Based Bias Interrupters, developed by Professor Williams last year.
Bias Interrupters uses a four-step iterative process: 1) survey women to find out whether they think gender bias is playing out in basic business systems (recruiting, assignments, evaluations, etc.); 2) develop objective metrics to test whether women’s perceptions are accurate; 3) implement “Bias Interrupters” to interrupt bias in real time; 4) see whether the relevant metric improves and, if it doesn’t, strengthen or modify the intervention.
Williams’s work on the advancement of women can be found online at www.newgirlsnet.com and www.toolsforchangeinSTEM.org. You can follow her on her Huffington Post blog or on Twitter @JoanCWilliams. The WorkLife Law website is www.worklifelaw.org.
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