We know many of us are on a journey to understand and dismantle our biases, and this work can be difficult. That’s why we created Gender By Us. Through clear definitions, practical examples, and engaging activities, we help individuals and teams have vulnerable conversations about gender. We also provide tools and resources to create personal action plans so that the learning continues beyond the training.
In 2016, The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio commissioned The Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity to explore the connection between gender norms, implicit bias, and the disparities women face in Central Ohio.
The research showed that gender norms and implicit biases related to those norms have a major impact on us. They affect how we see each other, how we see ourselves, and ultimately, how we value each other in society. Read more about our research on gender norms.
Sex, Gender, and Terminology
Sex is a label–male or female–that you’re assigned by a doctor at birth based on the anatomy you’re born with and the chromosomes you have. Gender is more complex: it’s a social and legal status as well as a set of expectations from society about behaviors, characteristics, and thoughts. It’s about how you’re expected to act because of your sex.
We acknowledge that gender is not binary and strive to make our language as inclusive as possible. Gender norms affect all of us–no matter our gender identity–and we’re committed to bringing people along. If you have suggestions about how we can evolve our language, please drop us a note!