In the study, 127 science academics across disciplines, genders and ranks were asked to rate an applicant for a lab manager position. The academics ranked the "candidates" according to perceived competence, whether they could be mentored and their expected starting salary.
What these academics didn’t know was that they were all given identical CVs, only with male and female names switched round.
The authors of the study – led by Corinne A Moss-Racusin from Yale University – found CVs with male names were clearly favoured over those with female names and males were offered a bigger starting salary.
Would it be better to just use initials + surname on CVs?
Feel free to move to OT - wasn't sure which forum to put it in.
I feel the article author sort of missed the point re: the question over affirmative action. Isn't the point that in this case, affirmative action would not positively bias towards women, but would EVEN UP the playing field? Give them both an equal platform, because of the current NEGATIVE bias towards women?