Hi Trevin—I have not lived your life so I won’t comment on your personal experience with women in the workplace. You can choose to extrapolate your own experiences to the rest of the world, but know that your belief that there are 999,999 women who muck things up for every 1 capable woman is a belief has no rational basis.
Here are the facts: far from being treated preferentially, women are frequently treated as being less capable, less hireable, and deserving of less pay than men on the sole basis of their gender — even when everything else about them is 100% the same. That is an enormous problem and part of why I wrote this letter.
- Investors preferred entrepreneurial ventures pitched by a man than an identical pitch from a woman by a rate of 68% to 32% in a study conducted jointly by HBS, Wharton, and MIT Sloan. “Male-narrated pitches were rated as more persuasive, logical and fact-based than were the same pitches narrated by a female voice.”
- In a randomized, double-blind study by Yale researchers, science faculty at 6 major institutions evaluated applications for a lab manager position.Applications randomly assigned a male name were rated as significantly more competent and hirable and offered a higher starting salary and more career mentoring, compared to identical applications assigned female names.
- When men and women negotiated a job offer by reading identical scripts for a Harvard and CMU study, women who asked for a higher salary were rated as being more difficult to work with and less nice, but men were not perceived negatively for negotiating.
- Psychology faculty were sent CVs for an applicant (randomly assigned male or female name), and both men and women were significantly more likely to hire a male applicant than a female applicant with an identical record.