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New PNAS paper on stereotypes leading to bias against women in math

There is a new PNAS paper of interest: “How stereotypes impair women’s careers in science“.  It just came out a few days ago and has general a bit of press including these stories:

Basically, in the study the authors created an “experimental market” and tested how people “hired” subjects to perform an arithmetic task.  And they found that both women and men were more likely to choose men for the task, even though both genders were expected to perform equally well.  It is worth looking at, though I am by no means expert enough in the methods used to know how sounds it is.

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