gender

Suspect

This quote from a high income liberal white male in Silicon Valley is the worst [emphasis mine]:

On a related note, I think Trump is a misogynist, and his comments during the campaign were even worse. I am sad Hillary didn't win. But I don't think Hillary lost because she is a woman, and am very optimistic that we will have a female president soon. In fact, I would be surprised if at least one of the parties don't select a woman the next time.

 

Really? I think his dismissal of the idea that her gender could have played a role is part of the problem. It's like failing to see your shadow side. That just makes it more likely to emerge. 

It's Easier to be the King

Women need to act with confidence to get ahead. But when they do, they face a potential backlash. To understand this double bind, we must understand two types of stereotypes. One type is called descriptive: stereotypes about what people are likely to do. The other is prescriptive: stereotypes about what people should do. Women are particularly burdened by prescriptive stereotypes. They are expected to be warm, deferential, and undemanding. This prescriptive stereotype and the double bind it creates limit the ability of women to compete effectively.

~ It's good to be the queen but it's easier to be the king, McKinsey

Gender Equity

I notice a recurring theme in response to "Why not more women on your board/in your company, etc.?". It's usually a defensive one and goes like this: The counter-arguments to gender diversification: 1. We have X% (usually a low %) 2. We have to hire the best 3. We couldn't find women 4. Then a strategic change of subject such as "Look at this group (usually one not in power like the junior people in an organization) is near gender parity."

It's frustrating progression that ultimately never actually addresses the issue.

Grrr.

Why the Voice You Hear is Female

Ever wonder why most automated voices are female? Even that of Apple's Siri? This Atlantic article does a great job of breaking down some largely unacknowledged biases. From the article:

"In 1987, people didn't rely on their devices the way we do today. They didn't trust them as much. Apple needed to build that trust and wanted its then-imaginary personal assistant to project an air of competence. Natural choice? Manly avatar. But as people have gained confidence in their gadgets, the question for Apple has shifted from performance to likability. And that brings us to another point Nass makes: marketers have an easier time finding a universally likable female voice than a male one. This dovetails with the way stereotypes work; our prejudices make us dislike hearing a man go about secretarial work."