“Raw Intellectual Talent” and Academia’s Gender and Race Gaps
Cultural beliefs and stereotypes that associate men but not women with “raw intellectual talent” can help explain the differing gender gaps across various academic disciplines, according to a new study by Sarah-Jane Leslie (Princeton), Andrei Cimpian (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Meredith Meyer (Ottterbein), and Edward Freeland (Princeton) published today in Science. A similar account appears to explain racial disparities in academia, as well.
In short, “the more a field valued giftedness, the fewer the female Ph.D.’s” And guess which field values giftedness the most?
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