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Science  09 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6453, pp. 555-556
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6453.555-f

How do gender and race stereotypes influence who is selected for postdoctoral positions? Eaton et al. asked biology and physics professors to read one of eight identical curriculum vitae (CV) of hypothetical postdoctoral applicants, whose names had been manipulated for race and gender, and rate them for competence, hire-ability, and likeability. Although women were rated more likeable than men across departments, physics faculty rated male candidates as more competent and more hirable. Both physics and biology faculty rated Asian and White candidates as more hirable than Black and Latinx candidates. Taken together, this study provides additional experimental support to the double-blind challenges faced by women of color in science and helps to expose faculty biases that may impede minority members from advancing in STEM.

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