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Gender Microinequities

Despite laws, regulations, and policies promoting gender equity, and some progress in education and employment settings, gender discrimination continues. Much gender bias is subtle, covert, and usually not legally actionable, despite being very common. This entry examines seemingly small, unfair, demeaning, and discriminatory behaviors and events—microinequities and microaggressions—and their impact on women and men.

What Are Microinequities?

Microinequities, by definition, are unfair to those whom they affect. Mary Rowe has further described these as small events that may be ephemeral and hard to prove; that may be covert, often unintentional, and frequently unrecognized by the perpetrator; that occur wherever people are perceived to be different; and that can cause serious harm, especially in the aggregate. Microaggressions are hostile exchanges that send denigrating messages. Derald Wing Sue ...

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