A study from National Academy of Sciences is busting the myth that women can’t get jobs in science related fields due to sexism.
Researchers sent out hypothetical narrative summaries of male and female candidates for assistant professorships to 371 universities across 50 states which were to be evaluated by an equal number of male and female tenured faculty members.
The summaries included a variety of lifestyles like single with no kids, married with no kids, single parent, etc..
The results showed a strong 2:1 preference for females in biology, engineering and psychology and an equal preference between men and women in economics.
As for lifestyle, female faculty preferred divorced moms over married fathers by over 40% and male faculty members preferred married men, but only by a little over 14%, while single women were preferred 3 times to 1 by male faculty and 4 times to 1 by female faculty.
Another study issued by the Association for Psychological Science found that the reason for any disparity is that women aren’t majoring in STEM subjects and therefore, aren’t even applying for these highly coveted STEM jobs.
Gloomy headlines about the futility of women pursuing STEM jobs, create a false injustice. It may provide great talking points for politicians who will use them to gain support but these studies illustrate how identity politics can backfire to the detriment of the groups that the left pretend to champion.
Women aren’t entering these fields because they’re under the false impression that they don’t have a chance and, judging by these reports, that couldn’t be further from the truth.