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It can be hard to confront our unconscious biases. Here’s why.

When discussing strategies to end discrimination, in the workplace and beyond, there is often a focus on blatant forms of racist, sexist, ableist, and other types of offensive language and behavior.

But what about actions that are harder to identify?

According to the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, unconscious bias or implicit bias, as it is sometimes called, is a set of “attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions” without us even realizing it.

The concept has gained more attention in recent years as researchers and advocates are finding that discrimination, from job to college applications, are impacted by factors people may not be aware of.

This week’s Divided States of Women talks to two experts, Vernā Myers and Dr. Corey Williams, about why it is so hard to confront our unconscious biases, why we absolutely have to and some tips to identify these behaviors in our own lives.