The Slack plug-in will help correct your unconscious gender bias

App from women's workplace nonprofit Catalyst shows how words matter

Published On
Mar 08, 2019

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Words matter. That’s the idea behind nonprofit Catalyst’s campaign for International Women’s Day. The organization, along with agency Burns Group created a Slack plug-in that helps to weed out unconscious bias that emerges in conversations over the platform and “correct” them with positive language. For example, if a user refers to a woman as “emotional,” it will change the word to “passionate,” while a term like “aggressive” will become “assertive.”

Catalyst focuses on creating “workplaces that work for women.” The #BiasCorrect effort also includes assets featuring powerful women and the negative terminology they have been associated with. Hillary Clinton, for example, tweeted an image of herself superimposed with the word “bossy” and a new definition of the term: “The way in which a woman who excels at taking charge of a situation or project is labeled due to unconscious gender bias.” Her comment adds further clarification: “Women aren’t 'Bossy,’” it reads. “We’re the boss.” It then directs viewers to the Catalyst site, where they’re invited to upload their own photos and create their own #BiasCorrect image as well as download the Slack plug-in.

Others participating in the campaign include Unilever Head of Diversity Mita Mallick, Facebook Global Lead Tawana Murphy Bennett, Nationwide EVP-Chief Administrative Officer Gale King and Ellevest CEO and Co-founder Sallie Krawcheck.

Credits

Date
Mar 09, 2019
Client:
Catalyst
Agency:
Burns Group
CEO:
Joanne McKinney
Executive Creative Director:
Nicole Lucey
Executive Creative Director:
Sam Arcade
ACD/Writer:
Whitley Edwards
Senior Art Director:
Meghan Dailey
Designer:
Pauline Nidea
Director of Integrated Production:
Alanda Fellows
Integrated Producer:
Maria Hummel
Associate Producer:
Tori MacMahon
Group Account Director:
Natalie Glaser
Photographer:
Celeste Sloman
Editor/Motion Graphics:
Michelle Morrie
Plug-in Development:
Eskalera
Website:
Wyng, Inc

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