Gender Equality: The Negative Bias
Diane Gander-Smith, Chairperson of Transfield and Director of Wesfarmers, came right out and said it: "Capable men will have to lose jobs to make way for gender equality". And so we open a further avenue of debate on what is already a sensitive issue: when it comes to gender equality, are we developing a negative bias?
There’s No Formula for Gender Diversity in the Workplace
"When our beloved late CEO, Dave Goldberg, asked me to join SurveyMonkey as the vice president of human resources, I reacted in a way I believe many women in my position are so inclined: I tried to talk him out of it.
“But I don’t have the right experience,” I explained.
Even though I’d spent more than 11 years in various HR leadership roles at Yahoo, I thought someone else would be better suited for the job because I’d never had full responsibility for an entire department.
“No. You’re perfect. I’m not going to take no for an answer,” he told me.
Four years later, I’m still grateful that Dave pushed me to realize my potential even when I balked at his initial offer. And his legacy here remains: Women make up 40 percent of our executive team, compared with the industry average of 24 percent."
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