Men Are More Likely to Be Seen As 'Brilliant' Than Women, According to Study


Society has greatly changed over the years when it comes to gender inequality in the workplace. But, it seems it's still not enough, according to a new study by the scientists at New York University, the University of Denver, and Harvard University.

The research, which was published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, says men are more likely than women to be seen as brilliant. In fact, implicit bias has been tied to less opportunities for women to succeed in different fields.

"Stereotypes that portray brilliance as a male trait are likely to hold women back across a wide range of prestigious careers," says lead author Daniel Storage. "Understanding the prevalence and magnitude of this gender-brilliance stereotype can inform future efforts to increase gender equity in career outcomes," adds senior author Andrei Cimpian.

In a series of tests, researchers had participants sort traits and their relation to male or female gender categories. More often than not, participants associated brilliance with men instead of women. Another thing the scientists found was that people didn't admit to stereotyping when directly asked about gender and brilliance.

"People explicitly say that they associate women with brilliance. Yet implicit measures reveal a different story about the more automatic gender stereotypes that come to mind when thinking about brilliance," says co-author Tessa Charlesworth.

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