6/20/2015 0 Comments
By Rebecca Nebel
A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by researchers from Cornell University, Wendy Williams & Stephen Ceci, reports that faculty members have a 2:1 preference for hiring women for STEM tenure track positions. This preference was shown in math intensive fields (where women are generally underrepresented) and math non-intensive fields (where women have a slightly higher presence). While summarizing their study, the authors state, “These results suggest it is a propitious time for women launching careers in academic science.” But is it really an advantageous time for STEM women in academia? My gut says no, but let’s take a closer look.
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