We all know that women can be just as good at math as men. But that doesn’t mean either sex acknowledges it.
A new study published yesterday in the Proceedings from the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) found that hiring managers of either sex are less likely to hire a woman to solve a math problem, even after she proves her skills are equal to those of a man.
During a lab experiment, “hiring managers” were asked to pick their preferred applicant for a job based on a person’s appearance, and thus gender. The “job” at hand was a math problem that both genders generally complete at equal levels. The managers were twice as likely to choose the man over the woman.
And it only got worse when applicants were asked to self-report how they had solved the problem. Men were more likely to brag about their success, while women—
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