Inside Higher Ed
April 20th, 2015
Last week a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
stunned many with its conclusion that women are more likely than men to
be hired for faculty positions in science, mathematics and technology.
To many who are familiar with the widespread reports of bias against
women in STEM, the findings just didn't make sense.
This weekend another study was released at the annual meeting of the
American Educational Research Association -- and this new study also
found that men (and specifically white men) do not have the advantage
that many assume they do in being hired in STEM fields. Women and black
and Latino researchers instead have an advantage, the study found. It
also found an apparent disadvantage for Asian researchers starting their
The research suggests mixed patterns for those who are not white men
when it comes to winning tenure. And women with a young child (a
demographic group that includes many women) appear to be at a
disadvantage in hiring and tenure.