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

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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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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 biased towards male students over female students.” If […]

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

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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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What Exactly Does ‘It’s A Man’s World’ Mean?

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Excellent response to endless “what about the poor menz” comments and questions. Last year, I wrote an article about women standing in lines to use public bathrooms. It wasn’t actually about toilets, but about why holding women to male standards is discriminatory. It must have twisted some people’s knickers in very tight and uncomfortable knots, because it resulted in seriously outraged and […]

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‘Sextarianism’ is drawing new battle lines in Northern Ireland


The attitudes of individual politicians and political parties, and, more importantly, the policy responses to issues of sexual citizenship and sexual commerce have taken on a deeply conservative and fervently activist bent. Northern Ireland has become a hotbed for what we might term “sextarianism” – a politicised dislike of those whose sexual identities, beliefs and practices are non-heteronormative, “deviant”, or […]

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#todayin: sexism: five reasons why gendered products are a problem

Boys and 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. 2. Pointlessly gendered […]

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#todayin: sexism: study: Gender bias found in reviews of scientific studies

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

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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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Women’s representation in media: the best data on the subject to date

This is a post on the Guardian’s investigation of the number of women writers/ commentators in some of the main print newspapers in the UK (Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Mail). The data are explored in some detail on the link but at a glance, it seems that the Guardian has fewer women (proportionally) than its two competitors. (And this includes the Daily Mail, I addition.) […]

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#todayin: sexism: study: gender bias in student evaluations: women lecturers rated lower than men

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As they’ve noted on feministing, this is a depressing study, even to world-weary feminists such as myself. A new study has revealed that students give better evaluations to university instructors if they think that they are male than lecturers they think are female. In the study, the researchers told the students — who never actually saw or heard the lecturers […]

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