Merit and bias

A good article in Canada’s Globe and Mail by Leah Eichler
called “You can’t get ahead on merit alone.”

An excerpt:

“Companies that actively promote a meritocracy may be at risk of introducing greater bias than those that don’t, according to a 2010 study titled the “ The Paradox of Meritocracy in Organizations” published by the U.S.-based Administrative Science Quarterly. In this experimental study, professors Emilio Castilla, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stephen Benard, at Indiana University, asked male and female participants with managerial experience to evaluate small groups of employees based on their performance at a fictitious company.
The results showed that men in the merit-based organization – which stressed fairness in how it promotes and compensates its employees – received larger bonuses than women, despite identical job performance evaluations. This bias did not surface when the experiment was repeated in a company that did not emphasize merit and fairness in its core values.
The finding that managers in organizations that promote meritocracy show a greater bias in favour of men, while it may seem counterintuitive, remains consistent with broader scholarship on the topic, Dr. Castilla explained.”

Feminist philosophers all over the web this week

Thought I’d collect them in one spot and share:

1. New Apps, Catarina Dutilh Novaes, The many false dilemmas of feminism

2. League of Ordinary Gentlemen, How motherhood benefits my work, by Rose Woodhouse

3. Hey, lady!Just two angry ladies gettin’ by in the world, one faculty meeting at a time…, “A Lady’s Gallery of Unwritten Posts and Dream Blogs,” including some spot-on thoughts about Pride, political/moral motivation, and Gettier problems.

Add other finds in the comments and enjoy!

The Jubilee

How to mark the Jubilee? With a Marks and Spencer jubilee tea cosy, with a corgi on one side and a crown on the top? Or a video of the Thames’ procession? Or perhaps with one of the Queen’s special horses. I do wish I could have brought the cosy home!