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Women best men in study of tenure-track hiring

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Science  17 Apr 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6232, pp. 269
DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6232.269

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Cornell University psychologists believe they have crossed one factor off the list of obstacles to women in academia: the hiring committee. A new study reports that, when faculty members rated hypothetical candidates for a tenure-track faculty position, a highly qualified woman is twice as likely to be hired as an equally qualified man. The results run counter to widely held perceptions and suggest that this is a good time for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Some observers, however, worry that the study does not reproduce real-world hiring and that it may leave an incorrect impression about gender parity in STEM fields.

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