Report: 100% of Black Women Interviewed in STEM Study Experienced Gender and Racial Bias
Black women in the study recalled being regularly mistaken for janitors and were constantly worried about the “angry black female” stereotype.From Mashable:
According to a recent report conducted by the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, a whopping 100% of women of color interviewed in the study said they’ve experienced gender bias, compared to 93% of white women. Conducted by Professor Joan C. Williams, 557 women overall were surveyed (white women and women of color), and 60 women of color participated in more in-depth interviews.
Aside from common sexist issues, women of color were clearly subject to unwarranted stereotypes. For example:
- Black and Latina women said they were regularly mistaken for janitors.
- Asian-American women felt more pressure to act traditionally feminine.
- Black women controlled emotion to avoid an “angry black female” stereotype.
- Latina women reported being labeled as “crazy” when they expressed emotion.
- Asian-American women faced more pushback from peers if they acted assertively.
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