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Emotional Inequality

Solutions for Women in the Workplace

What if your colleagues discriminated against you, just for being assertive? Unfortunately, gender bias is a reality in today’s workplace. A new study from VitalSmarts reveals women’s perceived competency drops by 35 percent and their perceived worth by $15,088 when they are equally as assertive or forceful as their male colleagues.Emotional inequality is real and it is unfair. And while it is unacceptable and needs to be addressed at a cultural, legal, organizational, and social level, individuals can take control. Those who use a brief framing statement that demonstrates deliberation and forethought reduce the social backlash and emotion-inequality effects by 27 percent.