Gender Stereotypes and Science, Around the World

May 19, 2015

A new study examines the prevalence of gender stereotypes in science -- all around the world. For the study, David I. Miller, a doctoral student in psychology at Northwestern University, asked participants how much they associated science with males or females. And participants were asked how much they associated words such as “math” and “physics” with male words such as “boy” and “man.” The strongest stereotypes were found in the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries, perhaps surprising, because those countries do a lot to recruit women into science. But those efforts haven't been hugely successful -- Dutch men outnumber Dutch women by nearly four to one among both science majors and employed researchers. The study found stereotypes were less prevalent in countries where more women are studying and employed in science.

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