2017 was a year that began with a series of women’s marches and is ending with a long list of accounts of sexual abuse, and a loud out-crying of #MeToo. It is clear we still have a lot of gender issues as a society. Why are gender issues ranging from abuse of power, pay parity, unconscious bias, and micro-inequities, still so deeply rooted in our society in 2017?
I believe, part of the issue is that gender is just one aspect of much more complicated group dynamics.
As an individual, we are members of many different groups. Dr. Clay Alderfer and his pioneering work on Embedded Intergroup Relations theory identified the two basic categories of groups that people belong to - Identity groups and Organizational groups. Identity groups are made up of people who have some common biological factors (ex: race, gender), have been part of some similar historical experience (ex: 9/11 survivor), or have experienced social forces resulting in similar worldviews (ex: socioeconomic...
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