Dr. Amy Diehl Articles, Journals and Books

GENDER EQUITY RESEARCH & WRITING

Published Writing

Dr. Amy Diehl is gender-equity researcher whose work has been published in many peer-reviewed and mass media venues. These resources can help you learn about gender bias and how to eliminate it, whether you are an organizational leader, an ally, or an individual woman.

Articles

Fast Company logo
NEW! The credibility deficit is real—and it’s hurting your employees

Amy Diehl and Leanne Dzubinski
Fast Company
June 26, 2023

If you’ve ever been asked, “Are you sure that’s right?” after making a statement, you’ve experienced “credibility deficit,” a term we coined for Glass Walls. In this book excerpt, we explain that credibility deficit is a type of devaluation, one of the six glass walls of gender bias.

Harvard Business Review logo
Women in leadership face ageism at every age

Amy Diehl, Leanne Dzubinski, and Amber Stephenson
Harvard Business Review
June 16, 2023

In our research women were told they were too young to lead, too old to lead, and middle age wasn’t quite right either. As it turns out no age is the right age to be a woman leader. Includes solutions for eliminating this gendered ageism.

Fast Company logo
New research reveals the 30 critiques holding women back from leadership that most men never hear

Amy Diehl, Leanne Dzubinski, and Amber Stephenson
Fast Company
May 2, 2023

Women are criticized so often and on so many things that they are acculturated to receiving such disparagement, taking it seriously, and working to make improvements. But our research reveals that the problem lies elsewhere. Virtually any characteristic can be leveraged against a woman in a discriminatory fashion.

Amy Diehl, Amber Stephenson, and Leanne Dzubinski Harvard Business Review March 2, 2022 Some people think that the “add women and stir” approach is all that is necessary to advance gender equity. Our research of female-dominated industries show this is not the case. Includes gender-equitable practices to reduce bias.
Research: How bias against women persists in female-dominated workplaces

Amy Diehl, Amber Stephenson, and Leanne Dzubinski
Harvard Business Review
March 2, 2022

Some people think that the “add women and stir” approach is all that is necessary to advance gender equity. Our research of female-dominated industries show this is not the case. Includes gender-equitable practices to reduce bias.

“You have to see it to be it”: Missing female role models and what we can do about it
“You have to see it to be it”: Missing female role models and what we can do about it

Amy Diehl
Ms. Magazine
December 27, 2021

Women’s accomplishments are missing from the history books and mass media. Here’s some tips for how we can correct the narrative.

When people assume you’re not in charge because you’re a woman
When people assume you’re not in charge because you’re a woman

Amy Diehl and Leanne Dzubinski
Harvard Business Review
December 22, 2021

When women have to spend extra time to assert or prove their role, it can hamper their career paths and the organization’s effectiveness. Here are tips that can help.

How gender bias inhibits progress and what leaders can do about it
How gender bias inhibits progress and what leaders can do about it

Amy Diehl
Ms. Magazine
August 18, 2021

Innovation requires a diversity of thought and perspective. Women must be equitably represented in our industries and barriers to their full participation eliminated.

‘Guys’ is not gender neutral–let’s stop using it like it is
‘Guys’ is not gender neutral–let’s stop using it like it is

Amy Diehl
Fast Company
April 27, 2021

We can all help the English language evolve towards inclusivity by eliminating the usage of “guys” when referring to people who are not male gender.

We need to stop ‘untitling’ and ‘uncredentialing’ professional women
We need to stop ‘untitling’ and ‘uncredentialing’ professional women

Amy Diehl & Leanne Dzubinski
Fast Company
January 22, 2021

We propose new terms for an old practice of omitting titles for women while using them for men that diminishes women’s authority and credibility.

We need to talk about using pet names for women at work
We need to talk about using pet names for women at work

Amy Diehl & Leanne Dzubinski
Fast Company
October 29, 2020

Pet names like “missy,” “kiddo,” and “girl” aren’t cute or funny. Language like this in the workplace is unprofessional and sexist.

3 ways to mitigate gender bias in higher ed technology departments
3 ways to mitigate gender bias in higher ed technology departments

Amy Diehl
University Business
Feb 4, 2020

Unconscious bias and invisible barriers embedded in organizational cultures constrain opportunities for women. Higher education technology departments are not immune. This article presents three ways leaders can mitigate gender bias in their higher education IT departments.

Peer-Reviewed Journals

A cross-industry comparison of how women leaders experience gender bias
A cross-industry comparison of how women leaders experience gender bias

Amber Stephenson, Leanne Dzubinski, and Amy Diehl
Personnel Review
March 1, 2022

Compares 15 gender bias factors across four industries: law, higher education, faith-based nonprofits, and healthcare.

Measuring the invisible: Development and multi‐industry validation of the Gender Bias Scale for Women Leaders
Measuring the invisible: Development and multi‐industry validation of the Gender Bias Scale for Women Leaders

Amy Diehl, Amber Stephenson, Leanne Dzubinski, David Wang
Human Resource Development Quarterly
April 2020

Presents comprehensive 47-item scale which measures women leaders’s experiences and perceptions of gender bias and introduces six primary factors and 15 subfactors of this bias.

Women’s ways of leading: The environmental effect
Women’s ways of leading: The environmental effect

Leanne Dzubinski, Amy Diehl & Michelle Taylor
Gender in Management: An International Journal
Feb 2019

The pressure on women to conform to an organization’s executive leadership culture can be enormous. This conceptual paper presents a four-quadrant model which describes ways in which executive-level women are constrained to self-monitor based on context.

The problem of gender essentialism and its implications for women in leadership
The problem of gender essentialism and its implications for women in leadership

Leanne Dzubinski & Amy Diehl
Journal of Leadership Studies
June 2018

How does gender essentialism, or the belief that gender differences are tied to biology, affect research on women in leadership? Analyzes research and includes implications for leadership practice.

Making the invisible visible: A cross-sector analysis of gender-based leadership barriers
Making the invisible visible: A cross-sector analysis of gender-based leadership barriers

Amy Diehl & Leanne Dzubinski
Human Resource Development Quarterly
Summer 2016

Seminal work on gender barriers faced by women in leadership. Based on face-to-face interviews with women leaders in higher education and faith-based organizations.

Making meaning of barriers and adversity: Experiences of women leaders in higher education
Making meaning of barriers and adversity: Experiences of women leaders in higher education

Amy Diehl
Advancing Women in Leadership
2014

Answers the question “how do women leaders in higher education make meaning of adversity?” Based on face-to-face interviews with 26 women presidents, provosts and vice-presidents in higher education.

Book Chapters

Harvard Business Review Women at Work Improving conversations, advancing together Book title: Overcoming Ageism
How organizations can recognize—and end—gendered ageism

Amy Diehl, Leanne Dzubinski & Amber Stephenson
Overcoming Ageism
Harvard Business Review Women at Work Series
2024

No age is the right age to be a woman leader. This chapter counters gendered oldism, youngism, and even middle-ageism.

Harvard Business Review Women at Work Inspiring Conversations, advancing together book title Thriving in a male-dominated workplace
When people assume you’re not in charge because you are a woman

Amy Diehl & Leanne Dzubinski
Thriving in a Male-Dominated Workplace
Harvard Business Review Women at Work Series
2023

Role incredulity occurs when women are mistakenly assumed to be in a support or stereotypically female role, rather than leadership or a stereotypically male role. Includes three ways to counter this form of gender bias.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Handbook of research on gender and leadership edited by Susan R Madsen
A new framework for gender-based leadership barriers

Amy Diehl & Leanne Dzubinski
Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership, 2nd Edition
2024

A new gender bias framework is applied to interview data with 38 women executives in higher education and evangelical mission organizations. Comparing the similarities and differences of the women’s experiences, it is apparent that women encounter leadership barriers because they are a woman, regardless of the type of organization.

An exploration of gender bias affecting women in medicine
An exploration of gender bias affecting women in medicine

Amber Stephenson, Amy Diehl, Leanne Dzubinski, Mara McErlean, John Huppertz, Mandeep Sidhu
The Contributions of Health Care Management to Grand Health Care Challenges
December 2021

Exploration of how gender biases affect women physicians, physician leaders, researchers, and faculty including the association with workplace satisfaction. Includes recommendations to improve gender equity and inclusivity.

An overview of gender-based leadership barriers
An overview of gender-based leadership barriers

Amy Diehl & Leanne Dzubinski
Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership
2017

Overview of gender barriers faced by women in leadership. Contains more stories from face-to-face interviews with women leaders in higher education and faith-based organizations.

Approaches of women in higher education leadership: Navigating adversity, barriers and obstacles
Approaches of women in higher education leadership: Navigating adversity, barriers and obstacles

Amy Diehl
Women and Leadership in Higher Education, Longman & Madsen
2014

What strategies do women leaders use to navigate adversity? Explores factors which enabled women leaders in higher education to get through difficult situations in their personal and professional lives.

Want news & event info from Amy?

Sign up for the mailing list to keep up to date.