Sexism Keeps Women from Careers in Hard Science

Sexism Keeps Women from Careers in Hard Science

    A study by the National Academy of Sciences found that faculty members consistently rate male students as more competent than female students (Moss-Racusin). Even though both genders score similarly on math and science tests, women are underrepresented in science past high school. Faculty members also overlook women's academic achievements and focus on their sociability in recommendation letters (Ruth). Women are paid much less than their male counterparts (DesRoches). This culture of under-appreciation and lack of upward mobility discourages many women from entering and staying in the hard sciences. Being underappreciated and underpaid is not equal. More women need to speak up about this issue. We all must work toward change. 

DesRoches, Catherine M., et al. "Activities, Productivity, and Compensation of Men and Women in the Life Sciences." ImplicitBias. Academic Medicine 85.4 (2010): 631-39. Web. 4 May 2014.

Moss-Racusin, Corinne A., John F. Dovidio, Victoria L. Brescoll, Mark J. Graham,                  and Jo Handelsman. "Science Faculty’s Subtle Gender Biases Favor Male          Students." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences          (2012): n. pag. Web. 4 May 2014.

Ruth, David. Recomendation Letters May Be Costing Women Jobs, Promotions.          Publication. Houston: Rice U Department of Public Affairs, 2010. Web. 17          Apr. 2014. <>.


In order to comment on, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.

Recent Posts by Jessica Varino