Editorial: The Pay Gap Revisited

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  1. Gijs says:

    Neuroscience shows that there are inborn cognitive differences between men and women that cause women to be more apt in social skills, calculation and multitasking, and men in abstract reasoning, spatial thinking and rational thinking. The logical result is that men and women, be it only for their inborn abilities, are not evenly represented in different career and degree choices.


    1. Managing Editor says:

      Stereotype threat often underlies gender differences. This explains why women are usually equally represented in Asian countries in fields such as engineering and medicine, because the expectation is that everyone who is able will study STEM at university, while under-represented in the US and UK, where the stereotype holds more weight.

      Very little of the difference in representation is down to genetic differences; most of it is due to socialisation and stereotypes, as well as discrimination in the workplace that often makes STEM careers unwelcoming to women. From the same article you cited : “Experts note that neural sexual dimorphisms in humans exist only as averages, with overlapping variabilities,[3] and that it is unknown to what extent each is influenced by genetics or environment, even in adulthood.”


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