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Tool Could Help Uncover Bias Against Female Faculty in STEM Fields
December 13, 2012
A Northwestern University study of professors in STEM fields at top research universities across the country found that the "productivity gap" between male and female faculty varied depending on discipline. In fields that require more resources, women publish less. This suggests the gap may exist because academic departments historically have not invested resources equally in female faculty from the start of their careers. Men are getting greater resources.
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