All posts by Sarah Hird

About Sarah Hird

Post-doc at UC Davis Genome Center. Evolution. Programming. Cooking. Feminism. Comedy.

Some comments on Williams & Ceci (2015)

I wrote a blog post over at Nothing In Biology Makes Sense! on some of the methodological and interpretation issues I had with a recent PNAS paper titled “National hiring experiments reveal 2:1 faculty preference for women on STEM tenure track”. Long story short, I think there’s an underlying problem with the authors’ assumption that identically worded sentences are identically interpreted by human beings. I also struggled with their conclusion that women now have the advantage over men and with the general “Everything is great now!” feeling of the paper.

But please – go read the whole thing! And let me know what you think! I’d love discussion or comments on this – did you read the paper? How do you feel about their methods and conclusions? How do you feel about the climate for women in STEM in general?

My figure from “Isn’t that just…sexism?” over at Nothing in Biology Makes Sense.