Sometimes it’s not even discrimination, it’s subconscious bias



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Judging the musical ability of a top-ranked musician auditioning for a symphony orchestra might seem pretty straight-forward. Some people are clearly superior musicians and presumably any expert can tell the difference. As it turns out, this is far from the case. Two economists found that the use of a screen to hide the identity, and thus the gender, of auditioning musicians increased by a full 50% the probability that a woman would advance in the audition process. Using a screen increased the likelihood that a woman would win an orchestra seat by 250%.

“Ask for it. How women can use the power of negotiation to get what they really want”, by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever

This book is shaping up to be very very interesting.

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