Why is John always rated higher than Jennifer, and John always offered more money? This was the question posed by Yale researchers who were looking into the question of gender bias in hiring. Thanks to recent studies like this one, we have evidence to confirm what has been a dark secret.
As Ainissa Ramirez points out in today's lesson, "bias is a reality in science. Science is a conservative game that is ironically less apt to embrace the new because it is so connected to fundamentals. This is a fine posture to have when exploring a new proof or breakthrough." However, Ramirez argues, "this posture is outdated when in comes to women and other under-represented groups in the sciences."