WAGES delivers well-documented, empirically-based information in a brief and interactive format. Elements of the activity allow for direct comparison of gender-specific realities in the academic work environment. The activity is self-contained, takes approximately 90 minutes (including post-activity discussion and debriefing), and does not require special skills of the facilitator.
The activity is designed meet four core learning objectives, namely for participants to
- recognize the negative impact of the accumulation of apparently minor biases and unfair practices on women’s ability to advance in their field,
- develop awareness that different gender-relevant factors may be more significant at one stage in work life than in others,
- learn that stereotypes and other “cognitive shortcuts” impair our ability to notice bias, and
- understand that patterns, not single incidents, are the most visible indicators of gender inequity in the workplace.