I had two opportunities to experience unconscious gender bias this week. A bike mechanic and a chimneysweep each looked through me (the paying customer) to a male companion. This bias I call “presumed vs. earned credibility.”
In my lifetime, we have come a long way on the journey to gender equity. I can also see how far we have to go on the journey to true equity – and declare it half empty. In one week I have seen evidence of both points of view.
A study two years ago suggested that having women on a team stimulates better results. A more recent study says, “Not so fast.” It suggests a deeper factor — the balance of yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) strengths.