A recent Forbes article titled No Man Is Above Unconscious Gender Bias In The Workplace – It’s ‘Unconscious’ cites a Stanford study showing that men are significantly more likely to critique females for coming on too strong at work. The study also found that men tend to attribute a woman’s success not to her individual effort and abilities, as they would a man, but to external factors and “luck.”
PayScale’s report, Inside the Gender Pay Gap, lists unconscious bias as a contributing factor to women making less money and occupying fewer leadership roles than men. But it’s not just men who have unconscious bias against female leaders. Even the most bias-aware women among us may harbor unconscious biases, although they might not align with our conscious beliefs.