Stanford sociologist pilots new method to reduce gender inequality at work

December 19, 2017 | Standford News

A new approach for reducing gender inequality in the workplace has shown promise in a pilot project at several companies. It combines existing tools and adds an evaluation of places where biases could creep in to a company’s procedures.

In a recently published paper in Gender & SocietyShelley Correll, director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, explains the method, which she and her team piloted and found successful while working with several technology companies over the last three years.

The method, which Correll dubs “a small wins model,” focuses on educating managers and workers about bias, diagnosing where gender bias could enter their company’s hiring, promotion or other evaluation practices and working with the company’s leaders to develop tools that help measurably reduce bias and inequality.

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Submitted by the AUPresses Gender Equity and Cultures of Respect Task Force, November 2019