The story in Jodi Picoult’s new novel validates the premise of my work – that the first step in reducing bias and its impact on others is to become aware of our own bias. My emotional reaction to the story confirmed that I still feel called to find more and better ways to help reduce unconscious bias.
Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant make some pretty obvious points in the first of their four-part New York Times series on women at work. Their punchline is that raising awareness of gender stereotypes and bias is not enough. Only by expressing disapproval of the biases and resulting barriers facing women can we change the facts on gender diversity in leadership. I express disapproval. Now let’s change those facts!