Want to support your female colleagues — particularly in a male-dominated field? Do this one thing

Use your voice.

That’s the conclusion of a series of experiments on how men can support their female colleagues, and published in the latest edition of the peer-reviewed journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. Male colleagues can do so even when there’s no blatant sexism afoot, the researchers say. Just voicing a commitment to gender equality and allyship can go a long way.

The presence of an “equality-supportive male ally” decreases women’s anticipated workplace hostility and isolation, and boosts their anticipated respect, support and perception that gender equality is seen as “normative” at their organization, the study’s authors found.

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