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Sex Roles

, Volume 63, Issue 7–8, pp 475–488

First Online: 29 July 2010DOI: 10.1007-s11199-010-9835-x

Cite this article as: Cheryan, S. & Plaut, V.C. Sex Roles 2010 63: 475. doi:10.1007-s11199-010-9835-x


What processes best explain women’s underrepresentation in science, math, and engineering fields in the U.S.? Do they also explain men’s underrepresentation in the humanities? Two survey studies across two U.S. West Coast universities N = 62; N = 614 addressed these questions in the context of two fields: one male-dominated computer science and the other female-dominated English. Among a set of social predictors—including perceived similarity to the people in the field, social identity threats, and expectations of success—the best mediator of women’s lower interest in computer science and men’s lower interest in English was perceived similarity. Thus, changing students’ social perceptions of how they relate to those in the field may help to diversify academic fields.

KeywordsUnderrepresentation Gender differences Interest Recruitment Similarity  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Sapna Cheryan - Victoria C. Plaut

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/

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