“There is no design-free world. Organizations have to decide how to search for and select future employees. How they advertise open positions, where they post the job openings, how they evaluate applicants, how they create a short list, how they interview candidates, and how they make their final selections are all part of choice architecture. Why not design a bit more thoughtfully, increasing the chances that the best people are hired?”

 – Iris Bohnet, “What Works: Gender Equality By Design”

Vermont employers are key to advancing women’s economic opportunity.

You can make gender equity a priority in your workplace by addressing the low-hanging fruit. 


Take a hard look at job descriptions and ads – simple shifts in language have proven to result in a significant increase in the number of women who apply.


Minimize bias related to gender in hiring – at least at the initial cut – much as symphonies have done by auditioning candidates behind a screen.


Develop and reinforce norms for teams and meetings that encourage everyone’s participation.


Take a look at the selected resources below that are meant to pique your curiosity and build your awareness.

McKinsey's Women Matters

Visit McKinsey’s Women Matter for videos and excellent reports on women in leadership. Check it out here.

New York Times' Women at Work

Read the New York Times four-part series on women and work by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. Read the series here.

Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Read Anita Woolley, Thomas Malone and Christopher Chabris on gender and effective teams. Read the article here.

Margaret Heffernan's TED Talk

Watch Margaret Heffernan’s TED talk on curiosity and avoiding willful blindness. Watch it here.

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About the Vermont Equal Pay Compact

The Vermont Commission on Women and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin partnered to create the Vermont Equal Pay Compact in 2014. Employers are invited to sign on to the compact and commit to tangible, concrete steps that will help close the wage gap between men and women.