What Works: Gender Equality by Design


As late as 1970, only 5 percent of musicians performing in the top five orchestras were women. Today, that percentage is up to 35. A single, small change - blind auditions - revolutionized how conductors interact with their talent pool and forever altered the makeup and hiring practices of orchestras worldwide.

In her new book, What Works: Gender Equality by Design, behavioral economist Iris Bohnet uses examples like these to examine tried and true ways to address unconscious biases we all possess. Using evidence from around the world, Bohnet offers interventions for de-biasing organizations of all sizes and types that can improve lives and boost performance at shockingly low cost and high speed.

Join New America’s Better Life Lab for a discussion that explores how to move the needle toward eliminating unconscious bias in classrooms and boardrooms, hiring and promotion. Specifically, how can we use design to reduce gender inequality and enhance existing gender equity strategies underway in education, business, the media, arts and government?

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. 

Join the conversation online using #EqualitybyDesign and following @NewAmerica and @BetterLifeLab.


Iris Bohnet
Behavioral Economist
Professor and Director of the Women and Public Policy Program Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Jenny R. Yang
Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Josh Wright
Behavioral Economist
Executive Director, ideas42


Brigid Schulte
Author of NYT bestselling & award-winning, Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play When No One has the Time
Director of the Better Life Lab, New America