Better Balance for 2019 International’s Day of the Woman March 8
The theme for this year International Day of the Woman is Better the Balance, Better the World – #BetterBalance. To accomplish this encouragement is being given to take gender bias head on and make changes in your life and those around you.
Gender Bias Facts
Gender bias—whether deliberate or unconscious—is holding women back in the workplace.
It makes it harder for women to get hired and promoted and negatively impacts their day-to-day work experiences.
This hurts women and makes it hard for companies to level the playing field and create a more balanced world
Types of Bias
Performance bias is based on deep- rooted—and incorrect—assumptions about women’s and men’s abilities. We tend to underestimate women’s performance and overestimate men’s.
Attribution bias is closely linked to performance bias. Because we see women as less competent than men, we tend to give them less credit for accomplishments and blame them more for mistakes.
Motherhood triggers false assumptions that women are less committed to their careers— and even less competent.
Affinity bias is what it sounds like: we gravitate toward people like ourselves in appearance, beliefs, and background. And we may avoid or even dislike people who are different from us.
Double discrimination & intersectionality
Bias isn’t limited to gender. Women can also experience biases due to their race, sexual orientation, a disability, or other aspects of their identity.
What Can I Do to Fight Gender Bias
Strike the Pose – Get the conversation started.
Attend an International Women’s Day 2019 event
Make a Video – Watch a Video
So put your hands out and STRIKE THE #BalanceforBetter POSE and make International Women’s Day YOUR day – and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women everywhere.
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