A Linguistic Comparison of Letters of Recommendation for Male and Female Chemistry and Biochemistry Job Applicants.

@article{Schmader2007ALC,
  title={A Linguistic Comparison of Letters of Recommendation for Male and Female Chemistry and Biochemistry Job Applicants.},
  author={Toni Schmader and Jessica M Whitehead and Vicki H. Wysocki},
  journal={Sex roles},
  year={2007},
  volume={57 7-8},
  pages={
          509-514
        }
}
Letters of recommendation are central to the hiring process. However, gender stereotypes could bias how recommenders describe female compared to male applicants. In the current study, text analysis software was used to examine 886 letters of recommendation written on behalf of 235 male and 42 female applicants for either a chemistry or biochemistry faculty position at a large U.S. research university. Results revealed more similarities than differences in letters written for male and female… CONTINUE READING
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