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Women of color face double dose of bias

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Science  07 Jun 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6444, pp. 921-922
DOI: 10.1126/science.364.6444.921

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In 2012, a seminal study revealed experimental evidence of gender bias in science: Faculty members who reviewed applications for a lab manager position favored applicants named John over otherwise identical applicants named Jennifer. A new study, published this week in the journal Sex Roles, does something similar—manipulating gender as well as the racial and ethnic identity of fictional postdoctoral candidates. The latest experiment detects racial bias in biology and a combination of gender and racial bias in physics, highlighting both the pervasive nature of various biases in science as well as important disciplinary differences. In physics, black and Latina women were doubly disadvantaged, rated three points less likely to be hired—on a nine-point scale—than white and Asian men.