Apropos of Rebecca Jordan-Young’s Brain Storm…

An article by Eileen Pollack from today’s New York Times on the dearth of women in STEM professions and on continuing controversies about whether this is a consequence of inherent differences or social factors.

Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. Presented with identical summaries of the accomplishments of two imaginary applicants, professors at six major research institutions were significantly more willing to offer the man a job. If they did hire the woman, they set her salary, on average, nearly $4,000 lower than the man’s. Surprisingly, female scientists were as biased as their male counterparts.

via Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science? – NYTimes.com.

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