Tag: women
Author: CV Harquail Posted: May 25, 2012 843 views _ Comments

For some time now, I’ve been trying to identify the thread that ties together all the different topics I write about here on AuthenticOrganizations. Other than the fact that they interest me, what is the underlying theme that links topics as different as:

After hashing it out with colleagues (thanks to to Cali, DebWhitney, and Anne) the link seems to be emerging.

All of these topics have to do with ‘building positive capacity’ in individuals, organizations, and economic networks. They all have to do with building a ‘boost’ into some part of the individual/organizational/community economy....  Read the article
Author: CV Harquail
Posted: May 19, 2012 1009 views _ Comments

How do we get and keep more women in technology-related careers?
How do we increase the number of women creators, makers, designers, and coders?

Why not just add more women to the mix, and go from there? 

Faucet by darylgarzaWhen all we do is “add women and stir”, without simultaneously and deliberately changing that system, we aren’t going to succeed. This tactic leaves untouched the cultural and structural parts of the system that continue to sustain gender bias.

“Add Women and Stir”

The “add women and stir” tactic works on the logic that simply adding more women to a particular event, school, company, or profession, will ultimately lead to a higher number of women staying on that career path.

We see this tactic at almost every point of the career “pipeline“. Well-meaning people aim to increase theoutput of the...  Read the article
Author: CV Harquail Posted: November 12, 2011 1586 views _ Comments

When it comes to discriminating against women, you’d think that only sexist organizations would be involved.   But did you ever imagine that meritocracies would encourage managers to discriminate against women?

Research conducted by Emilio Castilla and Stephen Benard, published last year inAdministrative Science Quarterly, documents a disturbing dynamic that the authors call“The Paradox Of Meritocracy”. In their rigorous set of empirical studies, they found ... Read the article