Gender Bias Webinar

January 16, 2015

Webinar to provide strategies for dealing with gender bias

The Worcester Area Association for Women in Science (AWIS) affiliate group at WPI invites you to a viewing of the AWIS webinar, What Works for Women at Work, by award-winning author and Distinguished Professor of Law Joan C. Williams. This should be an interesting and informative webinar about strategies for navigating implicit workplace gender bias.


The webinar will be held Tuesday, Jan. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rubin Campus Center, Mid-Century Room. Feel free to bring your lunch. Desserts will be provided. RSVP here.

For more information, or to join Worcester AWIS, contact Natalie Farny ( or Tara Mann (

What Works for Women at Work gives women individual strategies for navigating workplaces that are shaped by implicit bias. Drawing on 35 years of experimental social psychology studies, it boils them down into four patterns. What Works for Women at Work teaches us to recognize the patterns and also offers them very concrete strategies for how to navigate these patterns successfully.

Williams has played a central role in reshaping the debates over women’s advancement for the past quarter-century. The Distinguished Professor of Law and Hastings Foundation Chair at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, has authored or co-authored six books. She has written more than 90 academic articles and book chapters.

As founding director of WorkLife Law, Williams has played a leading role in documenting workplace bias against mothers, leading to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Guidance on Caregiver Discrimination. Her current research focuses on how work-family conflict differs at different class locations, on the “culture wars” as class conflict, on how gender bias differs by race, and on the role of gender pressures on men in creating work-family conflict and gender inequality.

Williams was awarded the Hastings Visionary Award (2013), the American Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Scholar Award (2012), the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award (2012), the ABA’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement (2006), and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award in 2006 for Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It.