When Meritocracy Blinds us to Gender Discrimination


Published: 22Jan2020

A little more gender balance...would be nice, but at the same time, I want the best people to be there,” writes a young African American woman studying engineering. “I really hope that I haven’t gotten where I am...because of my gender. I’d like to think I earned it.”

Meritocracies are predicated on the belief that only the best are chosen and that hard work and talent are always rewarded. If we presume that talent and hard work are not gender specific, then why is it that assumed meritocracies show extraordinary imbalances between men and women?

Read the full blog post here.

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