9.20.2006

Bias hurting women in science? Say it ain't so!

Oh yes. It's true! As reported in the New York Times here:
For 30 years, the report says, women have earned at least 30 percent of the nation’s doctorates in social and behavioral sciences, and at least 20 percent of the doctorates in life sciences. Yet they appear among full professors in those fields at less than half those levels. Women from minority groups are “virtually absent,” it adds.

The report also dismisses other commonly held beliefs — that women are uncompetitive or less productive, that they take too much time off for their families. Instead, it says, extensive previous research showed a pattern of unconscious but pervasive bias, “arbitrary and subjective” evaluation processes and a work environment in which “anyone lacking the work and family support traditionally provided by a ‘wife’ is at a serious disadvantage.”
(Hat tip: Bitch Ph.D.)

It's the same old story, same old song and dance, my friend.

I'm getting kind of tired of hearing the same old refrain over and over. Aren't you?

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