Women, Stereotypes and Science: Is Science Gender Biased?

Posted: 9 Jul 2020

Date Written: May 1, 2020

Abstract

For a long time, women have been considered the ‘inferior’ sex in science. However, with the rise of feminist issues and of women in STEM, these stereotypes have come under the scrutiny of feminist and scientific microscopes alike. As a result, scientific study has been questioned on various grounds. Issues of the historically dominant role of men in society and the simultaneous perseverance of prejudice influencing studies and subsequently shaping perception have been brought to light. A different analysis approach to available information has led to fresh interpretations. Scientists have even questioned the very theoretic foundation of these stereotypes itself. Combined, this has led to the corrosion of the validity of ‘science-based gender stereotypes’ in the scientific community itself as well as the social word, though debate rages on. The evaluation of such claims by scientists has led the author to conclude that stereotypes in science are a gender-biased phenomenon coloured by the social factors of prejudice and cultural reality. Not only is this a relevant contribution to the social debate surrounding feminism, but it also exposes a shocking truth- science is not unbiased. Its data and interpretation may be erroneous which is why it needs to be evaluated objectively and carefully.

Keywords: women, science, gender, stereotype, bias, social factor, preudice, culture, society, biased

Suggested Citation

Varshri, Vallika, Women, Stereotypes and Science: Is Science Gender Biased? (May 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3626999

Vallika Varshri (Contact Author)

Jindal Global Law School ( email )

Sonipat Narela Road, Near Jagdishpur Village
Sonipat, Haryana 131001
India

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