Monday, June 17, 2024

The Diversity Training Myth

Myth: Diversity training breaks down bias toward gender inequality

Truth:  This is false.

Women are still at a disadvantage in multiple areas of work, including science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEM) fields. Women are more likely to earn a lower salary, more likely to experience sexual harassment, and less likely to be promoted.  This inequity is even greater for women of color, women with disabilities, and women who are a part of the LGBT community.

While female representation in various STEM fields is mildly helping to fight the diversity myth, equity is still far away.  Almost every employer has a written policy on gender diversity, committed to engaging more women and minorities.  The problem is, what we are doing now isn’t working.  While setting a goal to improve gender diversity is an excellent first step, it’s important to develop a plan with realistically actionable stages. A review article published in the Lancet summarizes common truths and diversity myths about gender inclusion and diversity.  The article also discusses research-based approaches that could improve gender diversity and inclusion. To read more about this topic, please click here.

Alana Stilla MSc
Alana Stilla MSc
Alana completed her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at UBC Okanagan in 2013 and her Master of Science in Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Ottawa in 2015. Alana has had a passion for human health and medicine for as long as she can remember. She is particularly interested in the fields of immunology, infectious diseases, oncology, internal medicine, and neuroscience. Her dream is to leverage her skill set to support medical research and make a positive contribution to health care.
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