New York Times: Science professors generally regard women undergraduates as weaker students

This is the sort of news that makes a professor like me want to tear my hair out.

Those of us in the science professorate are driving young women out of our fields.  Perhaps you can’t think of anything more destructive to the scientific endeavor, but there it is, right in the New York Times:

Science professors at American universities widely regard female undergraduates as less competent than male students with the same accomplishments and skills, a new study by researchers at Yale concluded.

As a result, the report found, the professors were less likely to offer the women mentoring or a job. And even if they were willing to offer a job, the salary was lower.

The bias was pervasive, the scientists said, and probably reflected subconscious cultural influences rather than overt or deliberate discrimination.

Female professors were just as biased against women students as their male colleagues, and biology professors just as biased as physics professors — even though more than half of biology majors are women, whereas men far outnumber women in physics.

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