Some hard science on sexism in academia

A young girl looks through a microscope at North Dakota State University. Today, the scientific workforce, including academia, industry and the government, is one-third women, according to the National Science Foundation. [Image credit: Flickr user David Haasser]

A young girl looks through a microscope at North Dakota State University. Today, the scientific workforce, including academia, industry and the government, is one-third women, according to the National Science Foundation. [Image credit: Flickr user David Haasser]

“Academic science isn’t sexist,” claim two psychologists from Cornell University in a recent New York Times Sunday Review.

To most women in academia, that’s absurd. I started reading this column in the paper, and abruptly stopped because that’s not what I, or any woman I know, experienced.

I was relieved to see the blogosphere buzzing with emphatic objections, but no one has yet touched on one of the strongest counterarguments: hard evidence refuting this irrational claim. …

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