Gender bias (from men and women) blocks women in science
We hear a lot about the gender imbalance in the sciences. Now scientists have looked at one reason women might be disinclined to join the profession: gender bias. A new study from researchers at Yale University analyzed how professors treated candidates for a lab manager position, using applications that were identical in every way except the name on the top of the form. Here’s what they found:
Faculty participants rated the male applicant as signiﬁcantly more competent and hireable than the (identical) female applicant. These participants also selected a higher starting salary and offered more career mentoring to the male applicant.
The study, published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), focused on professors in biology, chemistry, and physics, three hard sciences where men typically outnumber women. The researchers found that, based on these fake candidates, professors preferred those with male names—and offered them a starting salary that averaged $4,000 higher than the candidate with female names.
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- gender bias in the academy (orgtheory.wordpress.com)
- Scientists, Your Gender Bias Is Showing (blogs.discovermagazine.com)
- Scientists aren’t immune to gender bias (futurity.org)
- Gender Bias when Hiring Scientists (the-scientist.com)
- New study shows gender bias in science against female students (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Study shows gender bias in science is real. Here’s why it matters. (blogs.scientificamerican.com)
- Gender Bias Still Exists, Students Need Support for Career Success (prweb.com)
- Gender Bias Cited As Reason Why Women Don’t Pursue Science Jobs (sciencedaily.com)
- Study: Scientists View Women As ‘Less Competent’ In Field (connecticut.cbslocal.com)