When we talk about gendered bias in FRC, many people come to the ready with “but I tell my girls they can be anything.” Let’s start talking about implicit bias - ways that we are undermining students that we aren’t conscious of.
Today’s reading is this piece about what happens when a guy accidentally signs emails with his coworkers name
TLDR: A man realized women are treated differently in the workplace after he accidentally signed off on emails using his female co-worker’s signature.
A friend shared this in a group chat with “this blew my mind.”
Here are some thoughts:
Anyone can be guilty of this implicit bias and not realize it. The story doesn’t mention the gender of clients - probably because the gender is irrelevant - men and women are both capable of being offenders.
The narrator (a man) assumed the issue was his female coworker’s lack of experience - it was not. Are we excusing our own bias with similar false thinking?
Why don’t we trust women to accurately explain their own experiences until we hear it from a man?*
This experience can extend to other minorities and is affecting our effectiveness as a program to give all students the confidence to pursue STEM careers - should they be interested.
*Many folks who ID as female are not surprised by this article, myself included.
How can we correct ourselves? What strategies can we employ to make better environments for our students?
Do your teams employ any strategies to counter this?