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In the September issue of Harvard Business Review, Herminia Ibarra, Robin Ely, and Deborah Kolb address research about the continuing lack of women in upper levels of senior management. They devote a significant portion of the article, “Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers,” to second-generation gender bias.
“Despite a lack of discriminatory intent, subtle, ‘second-generation’ forms of workplace gender bias can obstruct the leadership identity development of a company’s entire population of women.”
They define second generation gender bias as:
- A paucity of role models for women.
- Gendered career paths and gendered work.
- Women’s lack of access to networks and sponsors.
- Double binds (the mismatch between conventionally feminine qualities and the qualities thought necessary for leadership).
The good news is, they offer suggestions and paths forward to address that bias. They offer three specific solutions that call upon both women and organizations to make changes.
“The three actions we suggest to support women’s access to leadership positions are (1) educate women and men about second-generation gender bias, (2) create safe “identity work spaces” to support transitions to bigger roles, and (3) anchor women’s development efforts in a sense of leadership purpose rather than in how women are perceived.”
Read the detailed article online in the September Harvard Business Review.
August 26, 2013 marks the 93rd anniversary of the 19th amendment that “gave” women the right to vote. The word “gave” is so set off because for 72 years, from 1848 until 1920, women fought relentlessly to make this happen. So it was not a “gift” in any sense of the word.
It certainly wasn’t a gift to the many women who spent long winter days standing on the picket lines in front of the White House, or who were jailed and lived through the November 15, 1917 “Night of Terror” at the Occoquan workhouse, where Alice Paul was brutally force-fed (just the first) and others stood with their arms handcuffed above their heads in their cells.
It wasn’t a gift to Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, or many others who dedicated the bulk of their lives to the cause, or to Inez Millholland, who collapsed while giving a speech about women’s rights in Los Angeles in 1916 and died just days later. Her last public words were, “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?”
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