Intersectionality and the Implications for Workplace Gender Equity
The Rotman Institute for Gender and the Economy
Produced by the Rotman Institute for Gender and the Economy, this research brief describes what intersectionality is, and why it is important to approach workplace policies from an intersectional perspective.
The research brief contains a section that provides methods of reducing or eliminating intersectional inequalities in the workplace. Suggestions include:
- Be specific in language use: Ensure the language your organization uses is inclusive to all intersectional identities, especially when hiring or recruiting outsiders.
- Promote sponsorship over mentorship: White male sponsors should consider sponsoring females and visible minorities.
- Get buy-in from management: Engage managers in solving problems of underrepresentation and increase managers’ contact with women and visible minority workers.
- Track data on employee demographics: Track diversity data and alter practices to mitigate discriminatory behaviour.
- Move beyond usual networks for recruitment and hiring: Use job boards that specifically target underrepresented groups.
To read the research brief, click here.