• Photographs taken in 1972 for a project titled

B is for Biologist

Women have fought to be considered competent, to vote, to be hired for the same jobs as men and to be promoted at those jobs. And we’ve come a long way since 1972. Recent studies however suggest that, at least when it comes to science, gender bias is still going strong. One study revealed that scientists' applications for a lab manager position were identical except for the name. Some were male names; others were female names. Here’s the takeaway from Sean Carroll at Discover Magazine: “Female applicants were rated lower than men on the measured scales of competence, hireability and mentoring (whether the scientist would be willing to mentor this student). Both male and female scientists on the hiring panel rated the female applicants lower.”

Sue Palmer Syracuse, New York 1972

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