Resources for Avoiding Gender Bias in Reference Letters

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Recommendation writing season is nearly upon us! To avoid some common pitfalls based on unconscious gender bias, consider consulting this guide as you write your next round of references. Also consider this tool which will calculate gender bias in your sample.

To sum of some of the main points, check out the bullet points below:

  • Reference research and publications
  • Write enough!
  • Emphasize accomplishments
  • Keep it professional
  • Stay away from stereotypes
  • Be honest, but don’t raise doubt

We encourage you to read the full guide to not only have these point fleshed out but also to see its list of favorable adjectives!

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