ERIC Number: EJ874726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Reference Count: 1
Giving Voice to Women
Grady, Marilyn L.
Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, v4 n4 p211-212 Oct 2006
This author is struck by two communication models she observes repeatedly that involve women's voices in meetings. In one model, the super-educated, pellucid, articulate woman, in meeting after meeting, makes suggestions, "points," or recommendations for initiatives, problem-solving, future direction, program improvement, decision making, or conflict resolution. In a second model, the woman is the first to speak on each and every item on an agenda. These two models of communication are not the most effective. In the first model, the woman's voice is filtered through a man's voice. In the second model, the woman's voice is resisted because of the presentation style. Women's voices need to be heard. Because women are often minorities in groups, it is important to focus on developing strategies that allow all voices to be heard. The author suggests that nominal group technique is an ideal strategy to accomplish that goal.
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