Cutting the bias

Like many across the country, the GIN group was captivated by a study published in 2012 by microbiologist Jo Handelsman and her colleagues. In the study, 100 scientists were asked to rate applications from two undergraduates, Jennifer and John. The applications were identical and the applicants fictitious. Chemists, physicists, and biologists rated ‘John’ more competent than ‘Jennifer’ and offered ‘John’ a higher average starting salary. With this study, we now understand that scientists are susceptible to gender bias, just like other professionals.

For this work, Jo Handelsman was recognized as one of 10 people who mattered in 2012 by Nature magazine.


About wormsense

wormsense is the alter-ego of Dr. Miriam B. Goodman, a sensory neurobiologist seeking to understand the sense of touch and to improve careers for women scientists.
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