#report: yes, the gender wage gap is real (see in particular: women of colour) – @rewire_news

(Evidence people. There is Actual Evidence. See in particular: women of colour.) ••• A major research report out Thursday from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) aims to inform the national discussion about workplace policies with a new analysis showing the gender wage gap is real. “We’re basically saying we’ve measured it a lot of different ways, and it exists, and […]

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#research: national hiring experiments reveal 2:1 faculty preference for women on STEM tenure track

The underrepresentation of women in academic science is typically attributed, both in scientific literature and in the media, to sexist hiring. Here we report five hiring experiments in which faculty evaluated hypothetical female and male applicants, using systematically varied profiles disguising identical scholarship, for assistant professorships in biology, engineering, economics, and psychology. Contrary to prevailing assumptions, men and women faculty […]

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#todayin sexism: #research: John vs. Jennifer: A Battle of the Sexes

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Student applications rated for competence, hireability, and mentoring. More research evidence on the bias towards male applicants in science. Respondents were asked to rate students with identical job applications – half were for an applicant named “John” and half for an applicant named “Jennifer”. The results showed that: “with statistical significance, both male and female faculty at these institutions were […]

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#maleficentmisogyny: stories of sexism in science: ‘sorry about all the women in this laboratory’

Yes, #forsrs. ‘There should be a rule against women having children in science’ “Following the recent comments made by Tim Hunt, I spent a little time reminiscing about my experiences as a postdoctoral researcher at a London University. I started this position full of enthusiasm but it ended quite swiftly following comments from my principal investigator (PI), such as: ‘There […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: Boys are doctors; girls are nurses

Boys are doctors; girls are nurses From Sociological Images: Our Pointlessly Gendered Products Pinterest board is funny, no doubt. When people make male and female versions of things like eggs, dog shampoo, and pickles, you can’t help but laugh. But, of course, not it’s not just funny. Here are five reasons why. 1. Pointlessly gendered products affirm the gender binary. […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: #research: Gender bias found in reviews of scientific studies

A scientist’s gender can have a big impact on how other researchers perceive his or her work, according to a new study. Young scholars rated publications supposedly written by male scientists as higher quality than identical work identified with female authors. First, the methodology: “The participants were reading abstracts of 150 words or so and rating their quality. The author […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: law students use course evaluations to discuss female professors’ clothing

We’ve said this before in the past, but it apparently bears repeating — constantly. Women in the legal profession are treated much differently than their male colleagues, right down to their fashion choices, which continue to be denigrated and belittled. As we noted in June 2014, “[a]t least every other month, women attorneys get lectured by bar associations, Biglaw firms, […]

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#study: women trapped in sexist universities’ ivory basements

Some findings from a new study on women academics’ experiences in British universities. In one account, “Sarah” describes how she took on a job as a university lecturer, having ignored: “rumours the department was not good for women”. But after taking the job, “it became very apparent the rumours were true… I felt like I had gone back in time […]

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#research: Why There Aren’t More Top Female Scientists: The Leaky Pipeline

I posted another piece about this issue yesterday. The discussion about the gender imbalance in science is finally gaining some traction. The piece below discusses the findings from a small piece of research (by Rotem Ben-Shachar, a fourth-year student in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics graduate program at Duke University) on why women are less likely to pursue and advance […]

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#research: Patriarchy’s Magic Trick: How Anything Perceived As Women’s Work Immediately Sheds Its Value

I’ve posted quite a bit about gender imbalance in the workplace this week (particularly in terms in science careers) and here is another. This post (from cratesandribbons) is from a while back but it’s well worth posting again. It debunks the idea that women earn less than men because they “naturally” gravitate towards less well paid industries and puts forth […]

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#research: Nature vs Nurture: Girls and STEM: Soapbox Science

This is a very good read for those interested in the gender imbalance in science (specifically STEM fields). Brief summary: apathy (it was ever thus); stereotypes that start early and that enforce the idea that girls/ woman are poorer at STEM subjects and less likely to pursue STEM careers; and sexual discrimination and harassment of women who do pursue careers […]

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#research: Two thirds of women in the US have been street harassed

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I’m surprised, really, that it’s as low as 65%. That could be indication of how normalised and “acceptable” street harassment has become. From feministing: A new study commissioned by Stop Street Harassment reveals just how common street harassment is in the US. No surprise there. Sixty-five percent of women say they’ve experienced street harassment at some point in their lives. […]

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#research: One third of Britons ‘admit being racially prejudiced

One third of Britons ‘admit being racially prejudiced’ So the percentage of people who admit to being “somewhat” racist hasn’t changed hugely in 30 years (but that’s a fascinating finding in itself – so much for multiculturalism, etc.). Still, though, if you’re looking for quick explanations, 30% goes some way to explaining UKIP’s recent sweeps in the elections. From the […]

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YES, WE DO STILL NEED INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Over on the quickhits earlier, I posted this link. It was to a piece in the Indy today, entitled, “To those who can’t see the point of International Women’s Day: you are the very reason it exists”. Well ain’t that the truth. I did my usual quickhitting and tweeting on Saturday – International Women’s Day – but I didn’t bother […]

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