0 Replies Latest reply on Sep 27, 2012 3:36 PM by Alex Madonik

    Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students

    Alex Madonik

      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."