Scientists May Misunderstand the Gender Gap in Physics

Girls in STEM

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A recent study suggests women are less likely to pursue a career in physics. Scientists have since cited this study to explain the paucity of female professionals in the field. However, researchers warn against this conclusion which fails to account for the gender biases that shape girls' eventual and unconscious career preferences. 

"When scientists draw on individualist arguments to explain gender inequality—thus ignoring these gendered processes—they may blunt initiatives that can promote women's equity in STEM," says Esther Chan.

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