WorkLife Law is Studying How Gender Bias Differs by Race

With generous support from the National Science Foundation, WorkLife Law has studied how gender bias differs by race through interviews of women of color in STEM (science, technology, math, and engineering) who work in academia. WLL seeks to expand this research on the “double jeopardy” faced by women of color in other industries.

About the NSF Tools for Change in STEM Project

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Two factors have stalled women’s advancement in science: implicit bias and lack of family friendly policies. Mary Ann Mason, UC Berkeley and Joan C. Williams, UC Hastings have engaged in more than 20 years of original research to determine when and why women drop out of the pipeline and to develop tools to help universities retain women scientists.

Under their current ADVANCE PAID grant, they have partnered with AWIS to develop their research into a series of highly usable, polished 15-minute online workshops for use with different audiences (e.g. department chairs, university administrators, new faculty, campus women’s groups). Included are The Competitive Edge: Best Practices for Family Friendly Policies (for university administrators), Building an Excellent Department in an Era of Tight Budgets: It’s Cheaper to Keep Her (for department chairs), Do Babies Matter? (for all groups), Some Things Are Illegal (for department chairs, administrators, and compliance officers), and What Works for Women At Work (a novel approach that links an implicit bias training with concrete strategies to help women navigate workplaces shaped by subtle bias). Learn more about this project.

double-jeopardy-cover-smDouble Jeopardy? Gender Bias Against Women in Science
This report examines whether the four distinct patterns of gender bias that have been documented in experimental social psychologists’ labs reflect what is actually occurring at work for women in the STEM fields, and particularly for women of color. The study documented by this report shows that gender bias exists, and it exists for women of color: 100% of the scientists interviewed reported encountering gender bias at work.

Download the report here.

Next Steps

WLL seeks to expand this research on the “double jeopardy” faced by women of color in other industries, including law and business. Stay tuned.