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Women of color face double dose of bias in some scientific fields

Wednesday, June 19, 2019  
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Women of color face double dose of bias in some scientific fields

A recent study unearths evidence of racial bias in biology and a combination of gender and racial bias in physics, highlights both the pervasive nature of various biases in science as well as important disciplinary differences.

“This is a really, really important study,” says Corinne Moss-Racusin, a psychologist at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. In 2012, Moss-Racusin published a similar study, which found that biology, chemistry, and physics faculty members who reviewed applications for a lab manager position favored applicants named John over otherwise identical applicants named Jennifer."The new study, published this week in the journal Sex Roles, is an important advance because it manipulates race as well as gender, she says.

“It certainly supports a lot of anecdotal findings, self reports, correlational data—but to really have some hard experimental numbers … is really important.”

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