Posted By: Lisa LowCarb Does Male-Female Bias Exist in Hiring - 11/14/16 03:49 AM
Here's the question.

Assuming a male hiring manager, does he make a 100% "gender blind" decision when reviewing potential applicants? Or is there a subconscious bias toward males or females?

The hiring managers looked at the resumes and the only difference was a male vs female name.

"Despite having the exact same qualifications and experience as John, Jennifer was perceived as significantly less competent. As a result, Jenifer experienced a number of disadvantages that would have hindered her career advancement if she were a real applicant. Because they perceived the female candidate as less competent, the scientists in the study were less willing to mentor Jennifer or to hire her as a lab manager. They also recommended paying her a lower salary. Jennifer was offered, on average, $4,000 per year (13%) less than John."

Remember, these are the exact same people being offered up with the same experience. The only difference is the gender of the name - and the hiring managers made these decisions based just on the name.
Another view of why this happens:

"Whenever the subject of women in science comes up, there are people fiercely committed to the idea that sexism does not exist. They will point to everything and anything else to explain differences while becoming angry and condescending if you even suggest that discrimination could be a factor. But these people are wrong. This data shows they are wrong."
Another study, this one done with a "Simon" vs a "Susan".

"In large companies (over 500 employees), 62 per cent of hiring managers said it was extremely probable they would interview ‘Simon’ while only 56 per cent said the same about ‘Susan’."
Note that this bias also happens with racial names.

Exact same resumes, just a white-sounding name vs a black-sounding name.

"Job applicants with white names needed to send about 10 resumes to get one callback; those with African-American names needed to send around 15 resumes to get one callback. This would suggest either employer prejudice or employer perception that race signals lower productivity."
Another study. The exact same resume was sent out, just with male or female names.

"Both men and women were more likely to vote to hire a male job applicant than a female job applicant with an identical record. Similarly, both sexes reported that the male job applicant had done adequate teaching, research, and service experience compared to the female job applicant with an identical record."

So the bias exists against women even in women's minds. They've been trained by society to view women as less qualified.
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