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December 7, 2021

50 Ways to Fight Bias

Submitted by Sue Sing Lim

Have you encountered your managers, supervisors, co-workers, or your employees saying something less than appropriate? You are not sure how to respond and you are wondering why the person said what they said? 

Lean In, an organization with the mission to "help women achieve their ambitions and work to create an equal world," have come up with 50 real-life scenarios, how to respond to those scenarios and why they happen.

For example, taken from the 50 Ways to Fight Bias Digital Platform, one of the scenario is "A coworker asks, who’s the new girl?" Why does it matter? They explained the comments implied the female is inexperienced and does not need to be taken seriously. What you can say is, "This new woman we've hired..." or you can say, "I’m sure it wasn’t your goal, but calling her a girl can undermine her standing here at work." Why does it happen? According to studies, people believe men are more capable than women in the workplace and so they make comments like that.

Click here to learn more scenarios and how you can respond.

You can also learn about what bias is and how to run the 50 Ways to Fight Bias Workshop here.

 Written by Sue Sing Lim, a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Accountability Working Group.