If you won’t sing in the car with me when we drive, we can’t be friends
Dedication to diversity can be a liability in the workplace, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Colorado found that women and non-whites executives who push for women and non-whites to be hired and promoted suffer when it comes to their own performance reviews. A woman who shepherds women up the ranks, for example, is perceived as less warm, while a non-white who promotes diversity is perceived as less competent. Both end up being rated less highly by their bosses, according to the paper, which is set to be presented at an Academy of Management conference next month.
“Women can lean in and try to bridge the confidence gap all they want, but they’re going to be penalized for advocating for other women, just like non-whites are,” said David Hekman, an author of the study and an assistant professor of management at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business.
Often, having women or minorities atop a company is perceived as a marker of progress for diversity efforts, but Hekman’s research suggests their presence might not have a large impact on the rest of the organization. If they believe it’s too risky to advocate for their own groups, it makes sense that successful women and non-white leaders would end up surrounded by white males in the executive suite, he said.
It reminds me of the “bike to work” movement. That is also portrayed as white, but in my city more than half of the people on bike are not white. I was once talking to a white activist who was photographing “bike commuters” and had only pictures of white people with the occasional “Black professional” I asked her why she didn’t photograph the delivery people, construction workers etc. … ie. the Black and [Latin@] and Asian people… and she mumbled something about trying to “improve the image of biking” then admitted that she didn’t really see them as part of the “green movement” since they “probably have no choice” –
I was so mad I wanted to quit working on the project she and I were collaborating on.
So, in the same way when people in a poor neighborhood grow food in their yards … it’s just being poor– but when white people do it they are saving the earth or something.
I’m always frustrated with how cycling is portrayed v what I see in my everyday life. It’s impossible to justify why pro cycling is SO white, esp compared to other sports across Europe, but every time I see cycling campaigns just dismissing whole swathes of the population - and I do in the UK, too - it seems stupid & lazy.
season one, they had me take archery classes ‘cause i was really particular—my dad uses a bow and arrow and i was particular about wanting to do it correctly, cause i feel like you can always tell when there’s a girl, an action girl, and she’s running and you’re like ‘she never runs’, so i wanted it to be correct. and also, she was supposed to be in the olympics for it, so she was, you know… i do know how to do it, maybe not the best but i know how—like, the basics.
- Lessons about Heartbreak from a Hypocrite by Megan M. (via radicalteen)
Such a soft spot for stayherewithus.