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Same Words, Different Language: A Proven Guide for Creating Gender Intelligence at Work, Third Edition by Barbara Annis

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2. How Gender Intelligent Are You?

Our resistance to generalizing or stereotyping propels us into a well-intentioned form of denial.

—Carol Gilligan, Ph.D., In a Different Voice

How can you change the environment in which you work? It sounds like a monumental task, but it starts with a pretty simple process: figuring out your role in the problem. To do that, you first must take an honest look at your own level of gender intelligence—in other words, you have to face how much you actually know about how different the other gender is versus how much you think you know.

Like many people who attend my workshops, you may be thinking, “This is a new millennium. We’ve made progress. Everyone agrees the genders are equal. So what’s the problem?” Or you ...

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