«Rethinking what you know about gender differences» Public lecture with Professor Catherine Tinsley, Georgetown University
The conversation about the treatment of women in the workplace too often reflect a faulty belief: that men and women are fundamentally different, by virtue of their genes or their upbringing or both. The rhetoric focuses on the idea that women are inherently unlike men in terms of disposition, attitudes, and behaviors. Science, by and large, does not actually support these claims. Empirical data show a wide variation among women and among men. On average, the sexes are far more similar in their inclinations, attitudes, and skills than popular opinion would have us believe. Moreover existing differences are not rooted in fixed gender traits. Rather they stem from organizational structures and company practices that create systematically different work experience for women and men. The solution to women‘s lagged advancement is to fix these conditions that undermine women and reinforce gender stereotypes.