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Language Of The Gender Gap: Why Job Descriptions Are Biased. Walmart’s efforts to revamp their career website and recruitment strategies over the past eighteen months failed to go far enough to address the gender-bias in job listings, according to Fortune’s Stacy Jones and Grace Donnelly.

Language Of The Gender Gap: Why Job Descriptions Are Biased

Fortune partnered with Texito, a private company that analyzes gender bias in job descriptions, to examine the language used in 4,400 job postings on Walmart’s website from January to March. Although Walmart hopes that their new career-model strategy will promote inclusivity and diversity, 51% of their job descriptions use language that is more likely to appeal to men than women.

Image: Textio’s Facebook. Men talk to women differently on social media, says science. Research has shown that men talk very differently to women on social media and understanding that fact might help you communicate with the opposite sex.

Men talk to women differently on social media, says science

Cross a crowded bar with an extra drink in the hopes of striking up a conversation with an attractive woman? That’s crazy talk, that’s Matthew McConaughey winning another Oscar level idiotic chat. Language and Gender - Penelope Eckert, Sally McConnell-Ginet. Verbal Hygiene - Deborah Cameron. The Myth of Mars and Venus - Deborah Cameron. English and Gender (by Deborah Cameron) Cameron - Tag Questions (pdf) Deficit, Dominance, Difference and Discursive: the changing approaches to language and gender. Belinda Mellor (English Language / Linguistics) In 1949 when Simone de Beauvoir made her statement regarding the ‘becoming’ of woman (The Second Sex [1949] 2009), she predicted the future of gender studies.

Deficit, Dominance, Difference and Discursive: the changing approaches to language and gender

Research into language and gender now considers how language (both what is said by people and about people) impacts upon how society informs and interprets gender. Words such as ‘female’ and ‘male’ describe sex differentiations, whilst ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’ can be attached to either of those differentiations to describe gender. Lingua Obscura: Young Women's Language Patterns at the Forefront of Linguistic Change. Linguists observe that it is often the more marginalized groups in society that seem to effect language change over time, not the high-status networks where all the social capital and power reside.

Lingua Obscura: Young Women's Language Patterns at the Forefront of Linguistic Change

Consider young women’s language patterns and speech. By merely speaking, young women can invite negative reactions, comments, and suggestions to change the way they naturally talk if they want to be taken seriously. Do men and women speak the same language? Do men and women speak the same language?

Do men and women speak the same language?

Can they ever really communicate? These questions are not new, but since the early 1990s there has been a new surge of interest in them. Countless self-help and popular psychology books have been written portraying men and women as alien beings, and conversation between them as a catalogue of misunderstandings. The most successful exponents of this formula, such as Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don't Understand, and John Gray, author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, have topped the bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic.

Advice on how to bridge the communication gulf between the sexes has grown into a flourishing multimedia industry. Readers who prefer something a little harder-edged can turn to a genre of popular science books with titles such as Brain Sex, Sex on the Brain, The Essential Difference, and Why Men Don't Iron. Linguistics Research Digest: Language and gender. Do you think you would be able to guess the gender of the author of an anonymous tweet?

Linguistics Research Digest: Language and gender

David Bamman, Jacob Eisenstein and Tyler Schnoebelen found some distinct but complex differences in the way men and women use language on the Twitter microblogging site. The researchers amassed a corpus of over 9 million tweets from more than 14,000 American users. Language and gender. Introduction This guide is written for students who are following GCE Advanced level (AS and A2) syllabuses in English Language.

Language and gender

This resource may also be of general interest to language students on university degree courses, trainee teachers and anyone with a general interest in language science. On this page I use red type for emphasis. Brown type is used where italics would appear in print (in this screen font, italic looks like this, and is unkind on most readers). Decoding Gender. Is your job advertisement written in gender-neutral language?

Decoding Gender

Kat Matfield has the code to find out. Enter Gender Decoder, a Web-based service that determines if a job description is written in subtle, “gender-coded” language. Matfield, whose day job is as head of product for London-based event firm Silicon Milkroundabout, said she came up with the idea after reading a blog post showing that many job descriptions are written in gender-centric language. The post also discussed the idea of manually screening the postings for such language. Women use warmer language than men on Facebook, finds new research.

By analysing the language of 65,000 Facebook users, researchers have found that females used language that was characteristic of compassion and politeness, while masculine language was more hostile and impersonal.

Women use warmer language than men on Facebook, finds new research

The study also found, for the first time, that males and females used equally assertive language. The study was published in PLOS One today as part of The World Well-Being Project ( - a team of researchers comprised of psychologists and computer scientists, tackled the question of how and men and women express themselves differently on social media. Computational analyses were used to automatically identify differences in the types of words used by women and men. One of the study authors, Dr. Allow me to womansplain the problem with gendered language. She is a #Girlboss.

Allow me to womansplain the problem with gendered language

She is a mumtrepreneur. She is a SheEO. He is a manterrupter. Trump talks like a woman. New Gmail Plug-In Highlights Words And Phrases That Undermine Your Message. Look back at the last few emails you sent. Do you see phrases like "I'm no expert" or "does that make sense? " or words like "actually" or "sorry? " If so you might want to download a new Chrome extension called Just Not Sorry, a free plug-in that taps into Gmail and warns you when you are using words and phrases that undermine your message.

The app was created by Tami Reiss, CEO of Cyrus Innovation, a software development agency. Reiss put a call to arms out on Medium late last month, hoping to get at least 10,000 people (women in particular) to pledge to stop diminishing their voices in the coming year. Not a Ninja! How gendered language can influence job applications. According to 2016’s Digital Pulse report, Australia will need 100,000 more technology professionals by 2020. With only 1 woman for every 4 ICT graduates, employers must do everything they can to attract female applicants and build diverse technology teams. As the ‘war for talent’ persists, particularly in technology, leading organisations are fighting for your attention, competing to ensure their message is the loudest and most compelling so that you decide to work for them. If you read the sentence above and found your mouse hovering over the back button, you’re probably a woman.

Communication styles: Understanding gender differences. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus – you might not know the book, but if you’ve ever communicated with someone of the opposite sex, you instinctively get what the title means. Understanding typical gender differences in conversation will help you communicate more effectively – even if speaking with someone from another planet!

Our ideas about gender differences in communication styles are constantly evolving and are shaped by circumstance. For example, my brother grew up with three sisters and was, therefore, influenced by a culture of females. On the other hand, my husband grew up with brothers and sisters and lived in a diverse neighbourhood. His communication style was so flexible, he was a chameleon when it came to adjusting to different social environments.

Women told to speak their minds to get on in boardrooms. Women – including those who work in senior positions for some of the country's leading firms – are held back from reaching the very highest levels in business because of the difficulties they find in striking the right tone of language during high pressure meetings. The claim is made by linguistics expert Dr Judith Baxter, who undertook an 18-month study into the speaking patterns of men and women at meetings in seven major well-known companies, including two in the FTSE-100. The research found that women were four times more likely than men to be self-deprecating, use humour and speak indirectly or apologetically when broaching difficult subjects with board members in order to avoid conflict.

And it doesn't always work. Baxter said such language, which the study describes as "double voice discourse" (DvD), was used because women were often heavily outnumbered on boards. Myths4-gender.pdf. Gender Communication Differences and Strategies. Gender Communication Differences and Styles. Little did we know that the communication differences we experienced as children on the playground would move from the classroom to the boardroom. As the face of business transforms with more women occupying key management positions, the requirement of reducing the gender communication gap is growing: miscommunication can cost money, opportunities, and jobs.

Statistics tell the story. Famous quotes, the way a woman would have to say them during a meeting. Jennifer Lawrence's essay in Lena Dunham's newsletter shows Hollywood has some catching up to do, when it comes to the gender pay gap. (Erin Patrick O'Connor/The Washington Post) “A few weeks ago at work,” Jennifer Lawrence wrote in an essay for Lenny (yup, I guess I’m subscribed to Lenny now!

Well played, Lena Dunham). Feisty, flounce and bossy: the words used to put women down. Feisty. Mansplain is Australian word of the year. “Mansplaining” has topped a list of new entries to the Macquarie Dictionary of Australian English in 2014. The portmanteau word, which describes the act of a man explaining to a woman something she probably already knows, topped a shortlist of neologisms that included binge watching, bamboo ceiling, lifehacking and selfie stick.

The dictionary’s editorial committee said mansplain was “a clever coinage which captured neatly the concept of the patronising explanation offered only too frequently by some men”. How Joining 'Team Earth' Can Help End the Politics of Gender Difference