Minority Women & Bias

Women of Color in STEM and Social Sciences

Research shows that women in STEM and social science fields encounter bias and discrimination. However, women of color experience bias and discrimination not only as women, but also as racial or ethnic minorities—a double bind of bias (Hess, Gault & Yi 2013).

As a result, implicit bias against women of color mirrors bias for all women, but includes a complex intersection of stereotypes, micro-aggressions and incivilities based on racial or ethnic backgrounds. In addition, implicit bias against women of color may take the form of skin tone biases and pet to threat scenarios. Finally, many institutions take a colorblind stance, which actually supports unwelcoming workplace environments (Plaut, Thomas, and Goren 2009). In order to become bias literate, we need to be able to recognize these unique intersections of gender and race that create implicit biases against women of color.

Become more Bias Literate
To learn more about implicit bias and women of color, read the research: Joan Williams Double Jeopardy.
To interrupt implicit bias try the  Metrics-Based Bias Interrupters.