Nellie Tran, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Gender biases in the workplace are nothing new, as Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg notes in her new book "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead." However, Sandberg focuses on encouraging women to take action against workplace discrimination and ownership over the gender pay gap. A team of researchers from UMass Lowell and UMass Medical School picks up where Sandberg leaves off by moving beyond the individual to highlight the impact of hostile workplace climates, which create barriers to women’s productivity and advancement.
“What makes gender biases of today different from those of the pre-civil rights era is the shift from overt bias and sexism to a more subtle form of discrimination,” explains Nellie Tran, Ph.D., an assistant professor in UMass Lowell’s Department of Psychology and an associate in the University’s Center for Women and Work (CWW).
Thanks to a three-year $750,000 grant from the ADVANCE initiative of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the researchers are developing an index to measure subtle gender biases within the academic setting that can add up and lead to missed career opportunities for female faculty members.