A new study reveals why women have a hard time cracking the glass ceiling in the technology industry: both men and women are twice as likely to hire a man for a math-based job.
A team of researchers from Columbia, Northwestern, and the University of Chicago set up an experiment to see how men and women discriminated against candidates in a hypothetical job opportunity that was based solely on the candidates’ ability to do math.
“We find that without any information other than a candidate’s appearance (which makes sex clear), both male and female subjects are twice more likely to hire a man than a woman,” writes the research team. While there are many reasons for the gender imbalance in Silicon Valley, this study helps account for why women only comprise about 22% of software engineers, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology.
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