Tell Us About Gender Bias in Your Workplace

When we interact with fellow professionals, one of the most valuable opportunities for us is listening to others' experiences. At a recent event, we asked attendees to talk about moments they’ve observed in which gender bias was at play. The answers were enlightening.

Please take a moment to answer the following short survey. It should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Your responses will be completely anonymous, with no way for us - or anyone else - to identify who answered the survey. If you find the survey interesting and valuable, please share it with your network. Thank you for your time.

Please provide your gender.
In which age group do you fall?
Which best describes your role in your organization?
Which best describes your field of work?
Which best describes your geography?

The following is a list of various manifestations of gender bias. Using a 7-point scale (1 = never; 7 = frequently), indicate how pervasive each type of gender bias is in your organization.


Conversations or comments that make women feel uncomfortable or unwelcome.
Networking or social activities from which women are excluded
Tasks, projects, and opportunities that are valuable for career advancement assigned more frequently to men than comparably qualified women
Little or no consideration of women to fill leadership positions
Unimportant tasks (social chair, note taker, administrative projects) being assigned to women far more frequently than to comparably situated men
Sexual harassment
Evaluation of similar behavior based on a gender-based double standard (for example, she's pushy, he's a go-getter)
Expectation that only a "male leadership style" is an acceptable leadership style
Lower pay for women than men doing comparable work at comparable responsibility levels
Demands for unnecessary face time, project completion deadlines, or late night presence that conflicts with women's family/personal obligations
Frequent interruption of women in meetings, frequent disregard of their ideas or downplay of their contributions
Obvious preference for men rather than women in hiring
Depreciation of women's abilities or commitment after they have had children
Dislike of or active hostility to women with forceful, confident leadership styles
More praise/protection/help of women than men without the women advancing as fast or as far as men
Undermining of or opposition to women's advancement opportunities by other women

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