The Relationship Between Gender Threat And The Role Of Women In Math And Science?

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Historically, women often faced many barriers is the realms of math and science. If women were allowed to enter higher education, some were denied degrees merely because of their sex. Some female scientists and mathematicians endured theft of their work by male colleagues and were not well-known for their contributions until decades or centuries later. Many had to face the prevailing belief that men were better suited for math and science and that women possessed lesser intellect. Modern psychology has studied whether female performance in math and science - and female representation in the related career fields - can be attributed to differences in cognitive abilities or by some other factors. While men once performed better in math, it has been shown that women are now performing similarly to men and there is no evidence that they have lesser ability (Nevid, 2014, p. 265). …show more content…
In research conducted by Steele, James, and Barnett (2002), perceptions …show more content…
Women who viewed the gender-unbalanced video demonstrated more physiological responses, such as sympathetic activation of the cardiovascular system, than women who viewed the gender-balanced video and men who viewed either video. The women who viewed the gender-unbalanced video also reported less of a feeling of belonging and were less likely to express desire to participate in the conference. Men did not show significant differences in physiological responses to the two videos. Men who viewed the gender-balanced video expressed slightly less sense of belonging, but expressed a greater interest in attending the conference than men who viewed the gender-unbalanced video. Women who viewed the gender-balanced video expressed more sense of belonging and a greater desire to

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