Today is not your average day, it’s a day we’ve specially set aside to take a moment to take a pause to reflect and celebrate the tremendous commitment, courage, and power of women all over the world, from all works of life.
Today is International Women’s Day, and this year we #BreakTheBias.
As a workplace that advocates diversity, equity and inclusivity, this theme particularly resonated strongly with all of us at SAGE APAC. We are proud to have colleagues from diverse backgrounds and cultures, working together harmoniously to make a positive impact in both the social science and publishing space.
Come join us in this celebration as we hear from some of our women at SAGE APAC on their thoughts around #BreakTheBias!
Breaking the Bias in the Workplace
Be it deliberate or unconscious, biasness can make it difficult for women to progress.
So, how can we help to #BreakTheBias?
According to Rosalia Garcia (Managing Director, SAGE APAC), based in Singapore, breaking the bias requires us to identify disparities in talent hiring/pipeline through tracking and examining representation data.
“Making such data transparent coupled with having open honest conversations becomes necessary when any organisation embark on breaking any workplace bias.”Rosalia Garcia, Managing Director, SAGE APAC (Singapore)
Men & Women Working Together to #BreakTheBias
Indeed, decisive action needs to be done for change to happen. And as we continue to strive for a world that is diverse and inclusive, there is the question – how can men and women work together to #BreakTheBias?
“We can learn about typical bias and avoid falling into it… We can improve design and systems in our communities and workplace and remove such bias barriers. With this, I believe we can #BreakTheBias together.”Masumi Unno, Sales Marketing Executive, SAGE APAC (Japan)
Masumi acknowledges that conscious or unconscious biasness is something we are unlikely able to be freed from, but we can and should take the steps to try. By making the effort to read and hear stories from people reigning from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures, we can learn from them and learn how we can #BreakTheBias even better in our daily lives.
Similar to Masumi, Mutiara encourages us to pop our “bubble” and open ourselves to people from all walks of life – so we can be the generation to actually #BreakTheBias and prevent the next generation from inheriting it.
“As the bias is already well-structured in our community, it takes a lot of courage to actively call out gender bias, discrimination, and stereotyping each time we see or experience it. So, let me ask you, would you join hand-in-hand to #BreakTheBias together?”Mutiara Choiriyah, Library Sales Executive, SAGE APAC (Indonesia)
We’d like to thank our amazing and courageous women who took the time to share their thoughts on #BreakTheBias, and to you, our dear reader, for reading our article as well!
To end off, here are some recent publications by some of our finest and talented female authors for you to check out: