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The Matilda Effect in STEM: What You Can Do to Mitigate the Role of Bias in Awards

Tuesday, November 17, 2015   (0 Comments)
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from AAMC, by Heather Metcalf, Ph.D., Director of Research and Analysis, AWIS,

Awards are important indicators of career success and are key in recruitment, hiring, promotion, recognition, and tenure decisions (Frey, 2007; Lincoln et al., 2012; Popejoy & Leboy, 2012). Despite their critical role in shaping scientific career trajectories and attracting a diversity of young scholars to STEM fields, without careful attention, awards allocation processes may perpetuate gender stratification.  Our longitudinal research with 18 STEM disciplinary societies shows that while women’s receipt of professional awards has increased in the past two decades, men win a higher proportion of scholarly awards and women win a higher proportion of teaching and service awards than expected based on their respective representation in the nomination pool.

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