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Gender Bias

The Big Idea for Monday, April 01, 2013

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 However, Ramirez argues, "this posture is outdated when in comes to women and other under-represented groups in the sciences."



  1. 1 Periodic Tables, Gender Bias and Stereotypes
    Ainissa Ramirez Experts' Corner
  2. 2 Where Are All the Women Scientists?
    Dr. Joy Hirsch
  3. 3 A Brief History of Sexism in Science
    Michio Kaku
  4. 4 How Far Do Women Have to Lean In?
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Big Think TV

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