Leadership researchers who initially studied gender differences questioned whether or not women could lead. With that debate settled, it is clear that many women lead quite successfully. Since then, many scholars have investigated what holds women back, especially from the most senior leader roles. Recent research shows that women are experiencing second-generation gender bias which plays a part in preventing them from attaining leadership positions.
This webinar, led by Dr. Lisa DeFrank-Cole and Sherylle J. Tan, PhD, will define second-generation gender bias and discuss the elements that can lead to it, including stereotypes about women and preferences for men as leaders. More subtle than first-generation gender bias, this type of implicit bias inadvertently benefits men while simultaneously disadvantaging women.
Scholars who research this topic state that one of the ways to combat gender bias is to educate women and men about the subtle preferences that continue to give men the advantage in leadership. This session will be an opportunity to assist educators in beginning discussions about gender bias in leadership classrooms.