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Gender bias in science - collected links

Collecting my favorite stories and peer-reviewed studies of gender bias in science. The study collection will overrepresent OA articles because that's what I have access to. Please ping me at @sandramchung if you have ideas for more stuff I should add.


  1. "To test scientist’s reactions to men and women with precisely equal qualifications, the researchers did a randomized double-blind study in which academic scientists were given application materials from a student applying for a lab manager position. The substance of the applications were all identical, but sometimes a male name was attached, and sometimes a female name.

    Results: female applicants were rated lower than men on the measured scales of competence, hireability, and mentoring (whether the scientist would be willing to mentor this student). Both male and female scientists rated the female applicants lower."

  2. "Male-organized symposia have half the number of female first authors (29%) that symposia organized by women (64%) or by both men and women (58%) have, and half that of female participation in talks and posters (65%). We found a similar gender bias from men in symposia from the past 12 annual meetings of the American Society of Primatologists. The bias is surprising given that women are the numerical majority in primatology and have achieved substantial peer recognition in this discipline."
  3. Stories

  4. "That he could be treated differently by people who think of him as a woman, as a man or as a transgendered person makes Barres angry. What’s worse is that some women don’t recognize that they are treated differently because, unlike him, they’ve never known anything else.

    The irony, Barres said, is that those who argue in favor of innate differences in scientific ability do so without scientific data to explain why women make up more than half of all graduate students but only 10 percent of tenured faculty. The situation is similar for minorities.
    Yet scientists of both sexes are ready to attribute the gap to a gender difference. 

    'They don’t care what the data is,' Barres said. 'That’s the meaning of prejudice.' "
  5. Blogging about science while female

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