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Book review: What Works: Gender Equality by Design by Iris Bohnet

By Jessica Abrahams   April 2016

Harvard University Press, £19.95what works

No one is immune from bias—but it’s amazing how many people think they are. Most people would deny judging women’s capabilities more harshly than men’s, but numerous “blind evaluations” have shown that almost everyone does. When the Boston Symphony Orchestra began asking musicians to audition behind a curtain, allowing judgements to be based on the quality of music alone, a female musician’s chance of being chosen rose by 50 per cent.

Resistance to such policies can be strong but, as Iris Bohnet, a director of the Women and…

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