Alex Madonik

Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students

Discussion created by Alex Madonik on Sep 27, 2012

From the Tuesday Science section of the NY Times (25 September 2012):

 

<http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/science/bias-persists-against-women-of-scienc e-a-study-says.html?_rmoc.semityn.www=&adxnnl=1&smid=fb-share&adxnnlx=1348772686 -e8NNYBQfCf2U69zzE0ElnQ>

 

Here are the links to the original article:

 

<http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/09/14/1211286109.abstract>

 

<http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/09/14/1211286109.full.pdf>

 

Both male and female academic scientists rated the same resume lower when the name on the resume was "Jennifer" rather than "John." Gender bias runs deep . . .  

 

-Alex Madonik, California Section

 

P.S.  Summary of the study:

 

"A broad, nationwide sample of biology, chemistry, and physics professors (n = 127) evaluated the application materials of an undergraduate science student who had ostensibly applied for a science laboratory manager position. All participants received the same materials, which were randomly assigned either the name of a male (n = 63) or a female (n = 64) student; student gender was thus the only variable that differed between conditions."

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