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Biology textbooks do not provide students with comprehensive view of science of sex and gender, say professors

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The teaching of science has long generated controversy in the United States—from evolution in the early 20th century to climate change today. Debates have also often emerged around how textbooks teach concepts related to social groups, and in particular whether they gloss over complex realities in ways that may mislead students in providing scientific instruction.

UK film industry may achieve gender parity in 2085, study finds | Film industry

Progress towards gender equality in the UK film industry is slow, a new study whose findings were presented on Tuesday at the Berlin film festival has revealed.The report, entitled Re-Framing the Picture, examined 12,000 films made between 2005 and 2020 by 34 different countries, but focused on the UK, Germany and Canada when drawing its conclusions.These were not encouraging: while there have been “modest” numerical improvements resulting from policy drives, including diversity standards introduced as a subsidy…

Examining gender mismatch and bias in people‐centric operations

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Considerable research has been devoted to studying gender bias in the physical workplace, especially in the fields of management and economics. Within online platforms, however, gender biases and how they manifest have received far less attention. There are some exceptions, including operational outcomes such as hiring,

Study finds emojis are differently interpreted depending on gender, culture, and age of viewer

Emojis are used throughout online communications, but little is known about the way each individual perceives them. Researchers investigated how emoji comprehension differs by culture (UK vs. China) and gender (male vs. female) for a sample of six emoji (happy, sad, angry, surprised, fearful and disgusted). They found significant differences in how emojis were classified by the 523 participants, highlighting the importance of context in emoji use. N.B.:…

Online images may be turning back the clock on gender bias

Credit: Solène Delecourt A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes, and research has shown that the human brain does indeed better retain information from images than from text. These days, we are taking in more visual content than ever as we peruse picture-packed news sites and social media platforms. And much of that visual content,

Women still face gender inequalities at work post-pandemic

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The COVID-19 pandemic brought the longstanding economic inequalities between women and men into sharp focus. From the onset of the pandemic, up until the summer of 2022, economic gender gaps continued to widen. Lockdowns and economic uncertainties created a perfect storm, leading to job losses and reduced

Cultivating gender equality could cut corruption, research suggests

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A study in the European Journal of International Management has looked at the complex relationship between gender, governance, and corruption in Europe. The research analyzed evidence from 35 European countries between the years 2010 and 2020 to discern the nuanced relationship between heightened gender inequality and increased corruption. Fundamentally, the research found that a substantial…

Women Still Typically Outlive Men, But That Gender Gap Is Slowly Closing : ScienceAlert

Women tend to live longer than men, but a global review of mortality data from 1990 to 2010 suggests the gender gap in life expectancy is narrowing.The study is based on a statistical analysis of United Nations data, which grouped 194 countries into 'clusters' of similarity based on measurable factors that influence mortality.Compared to 1990's statistics, every cluster of nations showed consistent or improved life expectancy by 2010. There was also a substantial shrinking of the male-female gap in mortality.On a global…