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Gender Gap: Selection Bias Snubs Scholarly Achievements of Female Scientists
February 17, 2011
When it comes to scholarly awards, female scientists face sexism, according to a new analysis, says sociologist Anne Lincoln of Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Research funded by the National Science Foundation and sponsored by the Association for Women in Science found women win service or teaching awards in proportion to their numbers in the Ph.D. pool for their discipline. But far fewer of that number win scholarly awards, says Lincoln, an author on the research.
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