MM 3.1 Micro-Inequities

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In the 1970s, Mary Rowe, a faculty at MIT, introduced us to the term micro-inequities. She defined micro-inequities as negative micromessages that make people feel devalued, slighted, discouraged, or excluded. Micro-inequities create small invisible barriers to women’s equal access to STEM.


Compare the following images from a 2012 issue of Lands’ End Catalog. What do you notice? Jot down your observations and proceed to the questionnaire at the bottom of the page.

Figure 3: Lands’ End Catalog

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