The Anti-Sexism App Sniffs Out Subtle Bias in Job Post Listings

By: Alyson Wyers - Apr 1, 2016
References: gender-decoder.katmatfield &
This app lets companies see of their job post is sexist. Created by programmer Kat Matfield, the Gender Decoder is a free tool that searches job listings for subtle gender bias. She was inspired by a 2011 study on gender bias in job advertisements as well as her feeling of "frustration at the gap between theory on bias and practical steps people can take to counter it."

Her solution to sexist job post listings helps companies with the language they use to describe roles. This enables firms to prevent bias in the hiring process. For example, many women feel put off applying to jobs that use 'masculine' language as they feel unqualified. The gender-balanced application tool is already helping several organizations.