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Tough luck for women in science, How to Fix the Bias Against Women in Science? Think Big.

Encouraging young girls is good, but not enough.
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How to Fix the Bias Against Women in Science? Think Big.
Slate Magazine (blog) Last month, researchers from Yale University released results of a study showing that male and female professors across scientific disciplines demonstrate bias against female students in mentoring, hiring, and pay. This week, the New York Times convened a symposium of U.S. science leaders to discuss the appropriate response.

Women Still Have to Prove Themselves in Academic Hiring Insight & Intelligence The Old Boys’ club appears a long way from extinction in academic science. That’s the disturbing finding of five Yale University researchers who, a few days back, published a study spotlighting the university world’s stubborn gender gap on hiring. The study’s most embarrassing finding showed that a group of biology, chemistry, and physics professors favored a male job candidate “John” over a female “Jennifer” with identical qualifications for a fictitious science lab manager position. The professors’ bias cut across both gender lines and field of study, with women just as likely as men, and biology professors as likely as their physics or chemistry counterparts to favor the male.

I’ve done the maths: there are too few women in science Irish Times There is no shortage of female graduates, so why are women under- represented when it comes to university staff? It’s time to tip the gender imbalance… ACCORDING TO most schoolchildren, I don’t look like a scientist. If you ask them to draw a picture of a scientist, nearly all of them will draw a man, possibly with grey hair and glasses. I have none of these attributes. Yet, I am a scientist, so I must look like one.

Tough luck for women in science Bad news for women in science. Given the predominance of men in science, you might expect that professors would try to encourage young women trying to enter the field. But researchers at Yale have found that female science students still face discrimination from faculty—even female faculty. They asked more than 100 science professors at universities around the country to evaluate the same student’s resume, but with the first name presented as either John or Jennifer. Regardless of their own gender, field, age, or tenure status, professors tended to view the female student as less competent and less hirable and offered her less career mentoring. She was also offered an average starting salary of $26,508, whereas her male counterpart was offered $30,238.

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