Sexism and Gender Inequality

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Women Show Cognitive Advantage in Gender-Equal Countries

Women’s cognitive functioning past middle age may be affected by the degree of gender equality in the country they live… More

  • The stigma associated with prejudice against women and people of color seems to transfer from one group to another, a series of experiments shows... More

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    People Assume Sexists Are Also Racist and Vice Versa

    The stigma associated with prejudice against women and people of color seems to transfer from one group to another, a series of experiments shows... More

  • New research suggests that the metaphors we use to frame innovations can bias our perceptions of who is capable of coming up with the next big idea... More

    What’s the Big Idea? How Gender Influences Perceptions of Genius

    New research suggests that the metaphors we use to frame innovations can bias our perceptions of who is capable of coming up with the next big idea... More

  • Working mothers are often offered lower salaries and fewer leadership opportunities compared to working fathers, but this penalty can be reduced by framing women as “breadwinners.”... More

    Turning the “Motherhood Penalty” into a “Breadwinner Bonus”

    Working mothers are often offered lower salaries and fewer leadership opportunities compared to working fathers, but this penalty can be reduced by framing women as “breadwinners.”... More

  • Women leaders who show dominance may face backlash -- but data suggest that implicit forms of dominance, such as body language or facial expressions, may not harm women’s status... More

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    Leading While Female: Prepare for Backlash

    Women leaders who show dominance may face backlash -- but data suggest that implicit forms of dominance, such as body language or facial expressions, may not harm women’s status... More

  • Researchers wondered if the "queen bee" behavior—refusing to help other women and denying that gender discrimination is a problem, for example—might be a response to a difficult, male-dominated environment. ... More

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    The Myth of the ‘Queen Bee’: Work and Sexism

    Researchers wondered if the "queen bee" behavior—refusing to help other women and denying that gender discrimination is a problem, for example—might be a response to a difficult, male-dominated environment. ... More

  • Findings suggest that the work and achievements of men tend to be evaluated as more creative than similar work and achievements produced by women... More

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    Men More Likely to Be Seen as ‘Creative Thinkers’

    Findings suggest that the work and achievements of men tend to be evaluated as more creative than similar work and achievements produced by women... More

  • Research indicates that the common American assumption that behavior is a product of personal choice fosters the belief that opportunities are equal and that gender barriers no longer exist in today’s workplace... More

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    Women Who Leave the Workplace: Opting Out or Overlooking Discrimination?

    Research indicates that the common American assumption that behavior is a product of personal choice fosters the belief that opportunities are equal and that gender barriers no longer exist in today’s workplace... More

  • A team of psychological scientists hypothesized that people’s deep-rooted beliefs about gender roles may be slower to change than the major behavioral shifts evidenced within society and the workforce... More

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    Attitudes About Who Brings Home the Bacon Lag Behind Economic Reality

    A team of psychological scientists hypothesized that people’s deep-rooted beliefs about gender roles may be slower to change than the major behavioral shifts evidenced within society and the workforce... More

  • Data from 57 countries indicates that an individual’s sexism leads to gender inequality in the society as a whole... More

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    Sexism and Gender Inequality

    Data from 57 countries indicates that an individual’s sexism leads to gender inequality in the society as a whole... More

  • Psychological scientists find that a bit of schmoozing may help men—but not women—walk away from a negotiation with a better deal, as well as better long-term business relationships... More

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    Chatting Before Negotiations Benefits Men More Than Women

    Psychological scientists find that a bit of schmoozing may help men—but not women—walk away from a negotiation with a better deal, as well as better long-term business relationships... More

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