Double Jeopardy? Gender Bias Against Women of Color in Science

March 01, 2015

Despite decades of professional successes, women in the sciences are still battling a persistent bias against them — and the issue is compounded for female scientists from minority communities.

The conventional wisdom is that women haven’t progressed in careers in STEM due to the pull of children and early choices not to pursue math and science careers (Moss-Racusin, Dovidio, Brescoll, Graham, & Handelsman, 2012). Some studies conclude that the relatively low percentage of women stems from these factors and “is not caused by discrimination” in STEM (Ceci, Williams, & Banett, 2009; Ceci & Williams, 2011; Ceci et al., 2011). Yet three recent studies found that gender bias also plays a role.

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Worklife Law UC Hastings College of the Law