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Seeing into Our Unconscious Blind Spots

How Judgements on the Strategic Capability of Women May Actually Expose Our Own Strategic Short Comings. 

by Beth Wanner

There are no shortages of books, articles, and opinions on the challenges women face in their careers – to the wage gap, to family planning, to the additional challenges women face if they are also a woman of color – it’s rare that you come across a fresh angle.

In Jess Iandiorio’s article The Real Reason Women Aren’t Getting Ahead in Tech: “She’s Not Strategic”, not only did she present a new angle that I hadn’t considered before, it resonated with me on several different levels: as a woman who has experienced what Jess describes, and as a leader and peer who is guilty of what Jess describes.

Jess details an unconscious bias that many of us have, both men and women, that tends to pass judgement on the strategic capabilities of women. I readily admit that these judgements also apply to men but we have far...

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