Thursday, October 04, 2012

The Moss-Racusin Sex in Science Study: A Bright Side?

About that disheartening sexism in science (actually: biology) study:

Here's a tiny hint of a silver lining:

If we did studies like these for all the disciplines, we could get some idea how common such sexism is, and find out how to control for it in the affected disciplines. So, for example, it looks like males were rated about 0.22 points higher on a 1-7 point scale in this study. Suppose that held up pretty well in biology. Then biologists could rate all their candidates, and add 0.22 to the ratings of females.

Still depressing...but perhaps usefully so...

It would also be interesting to see how the disciplines vary in this respect, and to see whether disciplines with more females are subject to less of it. If so, that might give some evidence to the weak inference hypothesis over the wetwiring hypothesis.


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