Men less likely to accept gender differences in STEM fields

Men less likely to accept gender differences in STEM fields

According to a new research, men are less likely to agree with the assessment that gender bias exists in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines compared to women.

Several earlier researchers have shown that gender biases affect the opportunities for women within STEM disciplines. Researchers Corinne Moss-Racusin, AnetaMolenda and Charlotte Cramer studied 831 public comments made on three online news articles from the New York Times, Discover Magazine Blog and the IFL Science blog.

The authors of the research said, "It is critical to understand how people react to evidence of bias in order to implement successful interventions designed to decrease it, particularly given mounting evidence that non-stigmatised group members may respond differently than other individuals."

The researchers found that men were more likely to respond negatively to such articles than women. They said that only 9.5 per cent of the comments said that sexism does not exist and 68 per cent of those comments were made by men. Overall, 67.4 per cent of the comments agreed that gender bias exists and only 29 per cent of these were men. Almost all of the comments expressed gratitude because the study was made by women.

The study appeared in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly.

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