So lots again today – do you want to see what discrimination looks like? A Northeastern University professor built a chart using data from 14 million professor reviews culled from the website Rate My Professors and the chart graphically illustrates unconscious biases. The study suggests that “people tend to think more highly of men than women in professional settings, praise men for the same things they criticize women for, and are more likely to focus on a woman’s appearance or personality and on a man’s skills and intelligence.” The full article can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/07/upshot/is-the-professor-bossy-or-brilliant-much-depends-on-gender.html?emc=eta1&_r=0&abt=0002&abg=0
Another great article from Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant titled Madam CEO, Get Me a Coffee. The article tackles the sad reality that in the workplace, women help more and benefit from it less. The full article can be found here:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/opinion/sunday/sheryl-sandberg-and-adam-grant-on-women-doing-office-housework.html
And a great article on Redefining Diversity. Lani Guinier noted that when minorities attend school, they excel when they work in study groups and support one another as opposed to trying to do it on their own. She wants to “introduce into the conversation is the power of collaboration, of bringing together people who bring different kinds of skills to solving a problem. That diversity can empower creative ways of learning.” And solving problems which the world seems to have a lot of these days. The full article can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/education/edlife/lani-guinier-redefines-diversity-re-evaluates-merit.html
The FT asks the question – is gender a factor in fund performance? The full article can be found here:http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/92007f04-b035-11e4-92b6-00144feab7de.html#axzz3RGR3Qcnk
And lastly, for the moms and dads with school age girls, it seems that elementary school teachers’ biases can steer girls away from math and science: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/07/upshot/how-elementary-school-teachers-biases-can-discourage-girls-from-math-and-science.html?abt=0002&abg=0
We have great events in store for you all in February – in Austin, we have a happy hour at the iconic Shady Grove. Hopefully we will have a beautiful evening to be outside. In Dallas, we have some amazing speakers for our C-Suite Dinner. This is filling up fast, so register early – you will not want to miss being able to have a small format dinner with these amazingly accomplished women. And in Houston, we have a fun evening planned at the Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen. Come out and meet our new committee members and share your ideas for future events!