Our thanks to HEqual for this, from Australia. Extracts:
In a bid to eliminate sexism, thousands of public servants have been told to pick recruits who have had all mention of their gender and ethnic background stripped from their CVs.
The assumption behind the trial is that management will hire more women when they can only consider the professional merits of candidates.
Professor Michael Hiscox, a Harvard academic who oversaw the trial, said he was shocked by the results and has urged caution.
“We anticipated this would have a positive impact on diversity — making it more likely that female candidates and those from ethnic minorities are selected for the shortlist,” he said.
The trial found assigning a male name to a candidate made them 3.2 per cent less likely to get a job interview.
Adding a woman’s name to a CV made the candidate 2.9 per cent more likely to get a foot in the door.
“We should hit pause and be very cautious about introducing this as a way of improving diversity, as it can have the opposite effect,” Professor Hiscox said.
The bottom line? Interventions are only to be continued if they result in the advancement of women at the expense of men. Prof Hiscox must be so proud of being a parasite on Australian taxpayers, mostly men. Later in the same piece:
The landmark study throws doubt on several trials launched by state Government’s and individual departments.
Last year, the Australia Bureau of Statistics doubled its proportion of female bosses by using blind recruitment.
It doubled the proportion in one year, by using an intervention that’s been shown not to work? Hmm, manipulation of the system, anyone, maybe by the female geniuses in Human Remains? Did it achieve that ridiculous result by firing or demoting male bosses?
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