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Men, for instance, need to learn that when women present ideas, they aren't rambling but rather leading to an idea. That learning process is called "gender intelligence."

Shuchi Sharma remembers how she once overheard a male colleague question whether a new mother at their company should have returned to work so soon.

Sharma, now based in Washington, D.C., as the global head of gender intelligence for the software corporation SAP, knew the comment was well-intentioned. But, to her, it still carried the taint of gender bias. “That mom was the major breadwinner in the family,” Sharma told me in an email. “And, like that male colleague, she needed to make choices for herself without worrying about her professional reputation as a new mother.”

Authors: Heather R. Huhman

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