How Gender Affects Perceptions of Team Members’ Expertise: The Case of STEM

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It’s no secret that women are underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) occupations. There’s several possible reasons for this: not much encouragement for girls or women to take courses in these subjects, lack of visible role models, and lack of support in the workplace. But a set of studies documented in a new article in Administrative Science Quarterly raises another potential problem for women in STEM occupations: gender-related discrimination in evaluations of their work.

The three studies described in the article, by Penn State professor Aparna Joshi, looked at

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