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Here’s one way to reduce stereotypes about women and science

Rich Schultz/The New York Times

A comprehensive new study on cross-cultural attitudes about gender and science takes into account about 350,000 people in 66 countries, and the bad news is that the people all around the world are more likely to associate science with men than with women. But there’s one thing that seems to able to lessen that association: seeing examples of women studying or working in science. In places where women take more science classes and are more likely to work in science, people are less likely to associate science with men, tests of both conscious and unconscious bias showed. Of the 66 countries in the study, the U.S. came in at 39th for implicit stereotypes.

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