For International Women’s Day, help your organization #ChooseToChallenge bias at work


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Bias is holding women back in the workplace - and it’s up to each of us to challenge it.

73% of women experience bias at work - yet less than a third of employees are able to recognize bias when they see it. Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it harder for women to get hired and promoted and negatively impacts their day-to-day work experiences. By learning to recognize and choosing to challenge bias, we can create a fairer and more inclusive workplace for all.

That's why Lean In has joined forces to support the International Women’s Day's 2021 initiative to #ChooseToChallenge bias. Lean In is committed to supporting organizations and their employees, managers and leaders with the tools to push back against bias and inequity each and every day - because from challenge comes change.

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#ChooseToChallenge bias at work with 50 Ways to Fight Bias

Pairing a group activity with a video series, 50 Ways to Fight Bias is a program to empower people to identify and challenge bias head-on.

This 1-2 hour workshop highlights more than 50 examples of bias against women at work - including compounding discrimination based on race, sexual orientation, disability, or other aspects of identity - and offers research-backed recommendations for what to do.

Use the IWD 50 Ways to Fight Bias presentation to:

  • Learn how bias shows up in common workplace situations - including hiring and promotions, meeting dynamics, and day-to-day interactions
  • Read about examples of bias, sharing experiences, and discussing research-backed recommendations for what to do
  • Commit to one action to #ChooseToChallenge bias this year

Download the IWD 50 Ways to Fight Bias presentation.

In addition to hosting a workshop for IWD, continue to challenge bias all year by incorporating 50 Ways into team meetings, training colleagues, and in recruitment and hiring processes. Check out more ways organizations are using this program to fight bias at work.

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Connect and support women through Lean In Circles

In a world where women still face bias and other barriers at work, on top of bearing the disproportionate burden of the COVID-19 pandemic - having a safe space for women to share their struggles, give and get advice, and celebrate each other’s wins, has never been more important.

That’s where Lean In Circles can help: by connecting and supporting women to get - and grow - through this together. Circles are small groups of women who come together regularly to mentor and support each other.

Use this presentation to:

  • Get a snapshot of the state of women at work
  • Play Connection Cards, an activity to experience the power of peer mentorship (available in 7 languages)
  • Guide participants to commit to #ChooseToChallenge this year by starting their own Circle

Download the IWD Lean In Circles presentation.

Learn more about bringing Lean In's programs

Join Lean In's free upcoming webinar Building more inclusive workplaces on International Women's Day and beyond for a step-by-step guide to hosting your IWD event. Plus learn tips and best practices for embedding Lean In programs.

Can’t make it? No worries, sign up for Lean In’s company newsletter to learn more about Lean In's free resources and best practices for building a more fair and inclusive workplace.

Show your support and engage others

Coming soon: Use the vibrant IWD 2021 Lean In Selfie Cards to show your support and raise awareness on social media with the hashtags:

  • #ChooseToChallenge
  • #IWD2021
  • #LeanIn
  • #50Ways


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