Shocked by difference in words 4 male vs female recommendation letters for faculty positions: http://t.co/zKOmbzgj4M pic.twitter.com/QNL3NPokuv— Andrew Hendry (@EcoEvoEvoEco) March 25, 2015
Was just pointed out to me that this CSEE symposium is all dudes. What's up with that? #evol2012— Daisie Huang (@daisieclickie) July 8, 2012
Do I collaborate more with men than with women?
|From Arismendi and Penaluna (2016) via @TrevorABranch|
|15 men and only 1 woman|
|From Schroeder et al. (2013).|
|Some of the great women scientists in my field.|
Special issue: Women's contribution to basic and applied evolutionary biology
|Words in my letters of recommendation for women.|
|Words in my letters of recommendation for men.|
I therefore also searched for the standout and grindstone words that appeared in the "shocking" wordle comparison I tweeted earlier. I tend to use these words rarely - probably because they don't sound sincere and, in fact, I tend to use them twice as much for women than men. However, this got me to wondering about "great" and "good" again. So I searched for those and found a HUGE bias. I used "great" 41 times for men and only 7 times for women, whereas I used "good" 16 times for men and 25 times for women. Looking closer, I see that I used "great" a bunch of times in one sentence as a literary device. "As a final key observation, he is the most collegial person I have ever met. He is a great person, a great collaborator, a great friend, a great colleague, a great … well … everything. Every loves him. I can honestly say I have never met any who had a single bad, or even equivocal, word to say about him. In fact, everyone professes great admiration and affection for him. He is, quite simply, a wonderful person." But even excluding this exceptional case, I do seem to have a bias with respect to the standout words "great" and "good", which I clearly need to be aware of.
|More resources are here.|
My own "subtle sexism self-evaluation" was very interesting and revealing and I encourage everyone to conduct their own. It took me about a day (much of it spent on the letters of recommendation) and the outcome was rewarding and motivational.