Unconscious bias means all-women shortlists still needed

Unconscious bias means all-women shortlists still needed


Following the recent ruling of Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) that the use of all-female shortlists is illegal, a leading women’s leadership coach has spoken out.

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  • Fiona Mahr
    Fiona Mahr
    Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:18am BST
    I totally agree with Nathanael - what strikes me as odd is, that in the past all male shortlists weren't illegal...I wonder why?
  • Nathanael Backhouse
    Nathanael Backhouse
    Wed, 13 Aug 2014 1:15pm BST
    Why does it have to be so absolute? What would be wrong with a list of candidates - 20% Male and 80% Female? - I don't see how precluding a gender from a selection process is helpful for equality or business success. Also.... by asking boards to select from a female only selection list... you are really not addressing the underlying problem of unconscious bias.

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