Government contracts: Why so long to crack the glass ceiling

This week, the commerce department announced it had met its goal of awarding five percent of federal contract dollar to women-owned companies. Michele Williams, assistant professor of organizational behavior at the Industrial and Labor Relations School explains why progress to achieve this laudable but modest goal has been this slow and says research shows setting […]

New study explores gender bias in academic hiring

ITHACA, N.Y. – When all else is equal between highly qualified candidates for entry-level faculty positions, professors in academic science overwhelmingly prefer women over men, Cornell researchers previously found in national experiments. But would this pro-female bias be strong enough to elevate slightly less impressive women above more accomplished male candidates? In their follow-up study, […]

Lack of Women in STEM Driven by Early Factors, Not Career Bias

ITHACA, N.Y. – A newly-published examination of reasons for female academics’ ongoing underrepresentation in many science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields analyzes a very long list of purported culprits, before coming to a surprising conclusion. Cornell University’s Stephen J. Ceci and Wendy M. Williams, both of the Department of Human Development, are joined by […]