Women and Public Policy Program Seminar Series

Are Two Heads Always Better Than One? Stereotyping of Minority Duos in Work Groups with Denise Lewin Loyd

September 25, 2014

Is two better than one (or three)? In this seminar, Loyd explores the dynamics of groups with minority duos (such as two women in a group of men). Though many believe that it is worse to be the “only one” in a group, this work finds that men evaluate women more stereotypically when they are in a duo than when there are one or three in a group. In fact, women in duos are rated as contributing less leadership and having fewer skills. In three experimental studies, Loyd looks at how being part of a minority duo can present significant challenges for women.

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