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Unconscious Bias, Filters & Inclusion
 

I was reading the cover story of HR Magazine’s December issue and also noticed the demonstrations that were being broadcast on TV.  That’s when I decided to share a few stats on personal bias, micro inequities and our filters that are so prevalent in today’s society.   In the article, “Bringing Bias into the Light,” Dana Wilkie illustrated these interesting stats and their sources:

The salaries of blond women are 7% higher than those of women who are brunettes or redheads.  Source:  Queensland Univesity

Resumes with “white sounding” names receive 50% more callbacks than those with “black sounding” names.  Source:  The National Bureau of Economic Research.

People who smile appear more trustworthy than those with straight faces. Source:  Journal of Economic Society

30% of male CEOs of US Fortune 500 Companies are 6’2”, while only 3.9% of Adult American men are this tall.

 Source:  Malcolm Gladwell, Blink (Back Bay Books, 2007).