September 16, 2020

Gender Inequity: Part Two, with Andie Kramer

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Andie Kramer is a partner at an international law firm. Alongside her demanding legal career, she has become a nationally known advocate for women’s advancement. Because mentorship opportunities for young executive and professional women are often limited, she co-founded the Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance (WLMA) and has developed numerous women-specific leadership training programs.

Andie is the recipient of a long list of accolades and awards for both achievements in her legal career and her advocacy of women. Among her accolades is being named on National Law Review’s 50 most influential women lawyers in America for her “demonstrated power to change the legal landscape, shape public affairs, launch industries, and do big things.”

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why the impact of the global pandemic has been different on women than they have been on men, and why women are shouldering a disproportionate amount of the burden
  • How working mothers with school age or younger children are struggling with a lack of support during social distancing from both their workplaces and their partners at home
  • Why women are paying a higher emotional tax during the pandemic due to increased bias and expectations on women
  • Why men need to accept increased personal accountability to pick up some of the slack, and why the bias that women should be doing the heavy lifting is magnifying the disparity
  • How the intersectionality of gender bias and racism is creating even greater challenges for women of color
  • Why white people need to make the effort to understand how much more difficult things are in the workplace and in our culture for people of color
  • How the present environment is creating a crucial turning point and the dual crises of the pandemic and the murder of George Floyd are magnifying the strain
  • What steps organizations can take and strategies they can use to help overcome gender and intersectionality bias
  • How forcing people to think more slowly as opposed to making knee-jerk reactions can help eliminate bias

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