The GenderWorks Blog

Overcoming Biases Requires Humility, Not Value Judgments

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In the U.S. today, bias has become a value judgment. In reality, it’s an adaptive function of human biology. Bias results from our ability as humans to learn, to hardwire learnings into long-term memory and to retrieve those learnings in order to respond instantaneously to familiar situations. While these instinctive reactions meant the difference between life and death for early …

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Let’s Move from a Gender War to a Gender Partnership

This post originally appeared in The Glass Hammer on 

Gender equality is not about winning a war! The war metaphor distracts us with finger pointing, blaming, and endlessly seeking to justify who’s the perpetrator and who’s the victim. The war metaphor keeps us stuck. The reality is we all – both women and men – fall victim to highly gendered thinking. We are stuck in gender binaries and it …

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The Game Changing Power of Allies

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In the challenging work of supporting diversity in the workplace – and diversity as it relates to social justice more broadly – allies play a critical role. But before exploring why allies make such a difference, it makes sense to begin with the question: what exactly is an ally? The definition that most accurately captures my vision of a diversity …

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The Business Case for Gender Diversity: Necessary But Not Sufficient

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The business case or economic justification for gender diversity is front and center in any discussion of the subject. Yet as a veteran diversity consultant, I don’t see the business case is getting the job done. It’s not that the business case is unimportant. Clearly, it’s critical but while the business case is necessary, it’s not sufficient. There has long …

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Why Gender Equality is Good for Men – Part Two of Three

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Part One of Why Gender Equality is Good for Men looked at the positive effects for men in their relationships with their spouses and children. Part Two focuses on the positive health implications – both physical and mental – for men with a more egalitarian world view. Gender equality benefits men’s physical health Gender is highly linked with health risks …

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Why Gender Equality is Good for Men | Part One

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Gender equality is one of those loaded topics that can bring conversation to a halt. Women’s empowerment has been portrayed as a link to all that men have lost, whether its perceived loss of professional opportunities or loss of the privilege of not having to deal with housework or childcare. There is a fear that expectation of females being subordinate …

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Hidden Truths about Making Gender Equality Possible for Ambitious, Dual Career Couples

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Most millennials, particularly those that are highly educated, see an egalitarian marriage as the ideal. Yet despite improvements, a clear divide persists in how women and men perceive – and experience – gender equality. Men are far more optimistic about progress for women in the workplace and both genders don’t see eye-to-eye regarding what the other contributes to the care …

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Women in Corporate America Continue to Feel Like a Square Peg in a Round Hole

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Gender diversity is on the radar in corporate America after more than 10 years of research highlighting the economic benefits of women in leadership roles. Companies have invested in gender initiatives that aim to support women’s advancement and diversify the leadership pipeline. Some companies have been at it for multiple decades. Yet, the results seem to be much ado about …

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Blog Talk Radio: Feminism in the 21st Century

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Feminists wore bustles, marched for the vote, burned their bras and demanded equality. So is it mission accomplished? Why are some women rejecting feminism? Why are some men embracing it? What role does feminism play today, and what does it mean to be a feminist in the 21st Centruy? Lisa Levey, diversity consultant, advocate for men in the gender debates, …

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Blog Talk Radio: Why Doesn’t He Help With Housework? Maybe It’s You

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It’s an age-old complaint: men don’t do their share of housework and child care. But maybe it’s not just because they won’t. Maybe it’s because women resist it. Sounds like an old Phyllis Schlafley idea (Google it, kids). We women work hard and we want men to help pull the domestic weight. But consultant Lisa D’Annolfo Levey, a national advocate …

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