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Check out our digital version featuring new cards on the experiences of Black women and Latinas, and more broadly, women of color.

50 Ways to Fight Bias

An activity that helps you combat bias against women at work

About the program

Bias is holding women back in the workplace. Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it harder for women to get hired and promoted and negatively impacts their day-to-day work experiences. This hurts women and makes it difficult for companies to level the playing field.

Pairing a card-based activity with a short video series in a virtual-friendly format, 50 Ways to Fight Bias gives people the tools to address the biases that women face at work—including new cards on the unique experiences of Black women and Latinas, and more broadly, the experiences of women of color.

50 Ways to Fight Bias - Card Activity

A deck of cards that highlights more than 50 specific examples of bias against women at work, encourages group discussion and problem-solving, and offers research-backed recommendations for what to do. The cards are designed to engage people of all genders and identities.

The cards are also available as a digital version or a presentation for large groups or workshops—in person or virtually.

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50 Ways to Fight Bias - Card Activity

Developed in collaboration with gender experts from the Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab, Paradigm, a diversity and inclusion strategy consulting firm, and Minda Harts.

50 Ways to Fight Bias - Video Series

Six short videos that explain the most common types of bias women face and address the concept of intersectionality—how women can experience multiple biases due to other aspects of their identity.

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50 Ways to Fight Bias - Video Series

What makes 50 Ways to Fight Bias effective

Specific and solutions-oriented

Highlights more than 50 specific examples of bias against women at work with clear recommendations for what to do—because research shows bias training is more effective when it’s tied to realistic and familiar situations.1

Designed to engage men

Many bias trainings leave men feeling attacked or alienated.2 50 Ways is designed to help men play a meaningful role in identifying and combating bias.

Rooted in research

The advice on the cards is based on research from leading experts on gender, diversity, and inclusion. And every situation has been reviewed by experts to ensure that the program addresses the most common and impactful types of bias women face.

How it works

You can engage with the 50 Ways cards and videos separately, but they’re most powerful when paired together. No matter how they’re used, the activity involves a few simple steps.

1

Learn about bias

Participants start by familiarizing themselves with the most common biases women face—either by watching the 50 Ways videos or reading the Bias cards in the deck.

Watch the 50 Ways video
2

Set the stage

To frame why these discussions are so important, the group guesses the answer to the question on one of the deck’s Icebreaker cards.

3

Discuss the situations

As a group, participants read specific examples of bias, share their own experiences, and discuss research-backed recommendations for what to do.

Explore the 50 Ways cards
4

Commit to action

As the activity wraps up, participants commit to take one action to fight bias based on what they learned.

Bring 50 Ways to your organization

Get the cards

The 50 Ways cards come in three formats: a free presentation to download, a free digital deck of cards, and a physical deck of cards available for purchase.

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Learn how to use 50 Ways at your organization

Footnotes

  1. Shelley Correll, “Reducing Gender Biases in Modern Workplaces: A Small Wins Approach to Organizational Change,” Gender & Society 31, no. 6 (December 1, 2017): 725–50, https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/faculty-research/publications/reducing-gender-biases-modern-workplaces-small-wins-approach.
  2. Rohini Anand and Mary Frances Winters, “A Retrospective View of Corporate Diversity Training from 1964 to the Present,” Academy of Management Learning & Education 7, no. 3 (2008): 356–72, http://www.wintersgroup.com/corporate-diversity-training-1964-to-present.pdf.

Lean In thanks our partners for their valuable contributions to these cards:

  • Stanford, VMware Women's leadership Innovation Lab
  • Paradigm
  • Minda Harts
  • Kapor Center
  • Executive Leadership Council
  • National Urban League
  • UNIDOS US
  • Lean In Latinas
  • Women of Color in the Workplace