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Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women

by Virginia Valian

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  Farella | Apr 12, 2011 |
  angharad | Nov 21, 2005 |
I'm enjoying this book (I'm about halfway through now), but I can't help thinking how obvious it all is. Obviously, people have subconscious prejudices causing them to treat children and adults of either gender differently. Obviously, the stereotype of "woman" is valued less than that of "man". Obviously, it takes more than one generation to change deeply traditional stereotypes. This sort of thing is right up my alley, though, which is why, having seen a copy on sale, I bought it. ( )
  angharad_reads | Nov 18, 2005 |
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Why do so few women occupy positions of power and prestige? Virginia Valian uses concepts and data from psychology, sociology, economics, and biology to explain the disparity in the professional advancement of men and women. According to Valian, men and women alike have implicit hypotheses about gender differences -- gender schemas -- that create small sex differences in characteristics, behaviors, perceptions, and evaluations of men and women. Those small imbalances accumulate to advantage men and disadvantage women. The most important consequence of gender schemas for professional life is that men tend to be overrated and women underrated.Valian's goal is to make the invisible factors that retard women's progress visible, so that fair treatment of men and women will be possible. The book makes its case with experimental and observational data from laboratory and field studies of children and adults, and with statistical documentation on men and women in the professions. The many anecdotal examples throughout provide a lively counterpoint.

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