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?