50 Ways to Fight Bias
A training activity that helps you combat the biases women face at work.
Why fighting gender & unconscious bias matters
One year into the pandemic, we’re in a moment of crisis for women. Millions of women have been driven out of the workforce by Covid-19. Many more are struggling with burnout and considering downshifting their careers or leaving their jobs.
To avoid unwinding years of progress toward gender equality, companies need to act now to promote, hire, and retain women. Combating the unconscious biases women face at work is critical to getting this right. Research shows that gender bias contributes to women being passed over for jobs and promotions. Almost three in four women experience bias at work, and those who do are more likely to leave their jobs. And women of color, LGBTQ+ women, and women with disabilities face more acute biases. Yet only one in three employees, including managers, challenges biased behavior when they see it.
Knowing that unconscious & gender biases exist isn’t enough. We need to take action—and Lean In’s 50 Ways to Fight Bias training program can help.
50 Ways to Fight Bias - About the Program
50 Ways to Fight Bias is a free digital training program to empower all employees to identify and challenge bias head on. The program is optimized for virtual workshops and consists of two parts: a short video that explains the most common types of biases that women face and a digital card activity where small groups of participants discuss specific examples of bias, brainstorm solutions together, and learn research-backed recommendations for what to do. The digital cards highlight almost 100 instances of workplace bias, including the compounding biases women experience because of their race, sexual orientation, disability, or other aspects of their identity. You can run a one-hour workshop with one of our curated sets of cards, or create your own custom set.
50 Ways to Fight Bias is available in 6 additional languages and has been used by thousands of organizations, including Amazon, PayPal, Walmart, and the Wharton MBA Program. And it works: 95% of program participants are more committed to challenging bias, and 96% of managers feel better equipped to talk about bias with their teams.
To get started, download our Quick-Start Guide to run an introductory session or explore our complete digital program.
50 Ways to Fight Bias - About the Program
Developed in collaboration with experts and partner organizations including Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab, Executive Leadership Council, Minda Harts, National Urban League, Paradigm, UnidosUS, and many more.
Bring 50 Ways to your Global offices! 50 Ways to Fight Bias is available in 6 additional languages! We have everything you need to get started in your global offices. Join the thousands of other organizations using 50 ways, including Amazon, PayPal, Walmart, and the Wharton MBA Program. Get started today!Check out the translated materials
What makes 50 Ways to Fight Bias effective
Specific and interactive:
The training program is rooted in very specific examples of workplace bias because research shows bias training is more effective when it's tied to realistic and familiar situations, as opposed to more general concepts.
Rooted in intersectional research:
Our training is grounded in decades of research and developed in collaboration with experts on how bias based on gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, and religion impacts people's experiences at work.
Tailored to suit your organization’s needs:
You can choose from one of 12 sets of digital cards curated for different audiences and workplace interactions—for example, we offer a set for managers and a set focused on bias in hiring and promotions.
Designed to engage men:
Many bias trainings leave men feeling attacked or alienated. 50 Ways is designed to help men play a meaningful role in identifying and combating workplace bias.
How it works
50 Ways is optimized for virtual workshops where participants learn about bias, discuss specific examples, and get expert recommendations on what to do. Here’s how the program works in a few simple steps—and you can explore our digital program to learn more.
Set the tone
All 50 Ways workshops begin by level setting with participants on how to encourage an open and respectful discussion.
Introduction to bias
Participants watch a short video that explains the most common types of biases that women face as well as the concept of intersectionality—how women can experience compounding biases due to other aspects of their identity.Watch the 50 Ways video
Before the training workshop, the moderator selects the set of digital cards that will resonate with participants. In the session, participants break into small groups to go through the cards together. On each card, they’re introduced to a specific example of workplace bias—and why it matters. They take a few minutes to discuss the situation and brainstorm solutions for interrupting the bias. They then learn what experts recommend they do in that situation, along with a short explanation of what's behind the bias.Explore the 50 Ways digital cards
Commit to action
As the activity wraps up, participants commit to take One Action to fight bias based on what they’ve learned.
Bring 50 Ways to your company
We’ll give you everything you need to run a 50 Ways bias training workshop at your company. To get started, download our Quick-Start Guide to run an introductory session or explore our complete digital program.
You can also join our free company webinar where we'll walk you through how to host a 50 Ways to Fight Bias workshop.
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