The 'leaky pipeline' towards gender balance at the highest levels of academe has many holes, but one of the largest drop-offs for underrepresented groups is the transition from contract work (post-docs) to permanent posts. A new study suggests that training against the unconscious biases which pervade the hiring process (chiefly, that people tend to hire people like themselves - so a committee of all white men will tend to hire more of the same) may be having the desired effect. So is this the dawn of a new age? Or simply the start of a different set of problems? Either way, the debate is sure to continue.
A woman applying for a tenure-track faculty position in STEM
(science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) at a U.S. university
is twice as likely to be hired as an equally qualified man, if both
candidates are highly qualified, according to a new study.
The results run counter to widely held perceptions and suggest that
this is a good time for women to be pursuing academic careers. Some
observers, however, say that the study—which involved actual faculty
members rating hypothetical candidates—may not be relevant to real-world
hiring. And they worry the results may leave the incorrect impression
that universities have achieved gender parity in STEM fields.
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