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The One Word Men Never See in Their Performance Reviews

THERE’S ONE ADJECTIVE THAT’S NEVER USED TO CRITICIZE MEN, YET IT SHOWS UP AT AN ALARMING RATE IN WOMEN’S PERFORMANCE REVIEWS.

It’s a scenario that could be straight out of a textbook on gender bias:

“Jessica is really talented, but I wish she’d be less abrasive. She comes on too strong.” Her male counterpart? “Steve is an easy case, smart and great to work with. He needs to learn to be a little more patient, but who doesn’t?”

These statements, uttered by an engineering manager who was preparing performance reviews, were the catalyst for linguist Kieran Snyder to see if she could quantify the double standards in the way male and female employees are evaluated

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