How does Unconscious Gender Bias Work?
'Unconscious biases are prejudices and stereotypes individuals have about certain groups of people that they aren’t consciously aware of having. These biases may exist toward people of various races, ethnic groups, gender identities, sexual orientations, physical abilities and more. Unconscious bias in the workplace can negatively impact the diversity and inclusivity of recruiting, hiring and promotion practices.'
It is important to note that:
'Unconscious gender bias can result in serious issues with recruitment, as the best potential candidates are often unfairly ignored. Even worse, unconscious gender biases can actually cost organisations billions of dollars through low staff retention, reputational damage, and a failure to attract diverse candidates. This can mean low female representation at a managerial level – despite significant evidence showing that higher female board membership makes for a more profitable organisation overall'
Gender Bias Resources for You to Explore
Balancing the Books - Gender Bias in the KS3 English Curriculum (endsexisminschools.org.uk, 2022)
Author Talks: How to remove unconscious bias from the workplace (McKinsey, Jessica Nordell, September 2022)
How Bias Against Women Persists in Female-Dominated Workplaces (HBR, 2nd March 2022)