Blind Job Applications Might Reduce Gender Bias and Discrimination, Research Finds

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As the existence of gender, race and other biases becomes more widely acknowledged, many organizations are “blinding” their talent selection systems. (Alan Cleaver)

In the STEM community, women represent only 28 percent of the workforce, are paid less, receive less funding and are cited less often than their male counterparts. 

But anonymizing job applications and research proposals might diminish identity bias in hiring processes, according to a recent study by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

In the study, when indications of candidates’ gender—like their first name—were removed from applications, women were selected at a higher rate than when their gender was obvious.

The study, which focuses on gender disparity regarding academic and research funding, emphasizes the biases science professionals hold towards principal investigators of different…

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