Gender bias is slowly dying, but women still have a long way to go in one crucial area Associated Press

With a woman making headway for the White House and women rocking the boardroom and other work places, you may think that means sexism is the way of the past.

But a new research study finds that even though women are the majority of college students, they aren’t getting the respect in their classes from their male peers that they deserve.

Dan Grunspan, an anthropologist from the University of Washington, had heard the braggadocio from men in his classroom for years, so he put it to the test. He surveyed about 1,700 students, asking them to rate their peers, and found clear evidence of gender bias.

The males rated their male peers three-quarters of a GPA point smarter than the girls in their classes, while the women didn’t appear to have any biases.

“Something under the conscious is going on,” Grunspan said in the Washington Post. “For 18 years, these [men] have been socialized to have this bias.”

In the study, the classroom “celebrities” — the ones with the most recognition — were almost all male. In fact, the highest ranking for a woman was No. 4. And they even checked with the professors to account for classroom participation and found it was still pretty out of whack.

The findings have some pretty sad implications for the future of women in the growing and well-paying STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).

“Our work implies that the chilly environment for women may not be going away any time soon,” the report concluded.

I bet you all of those boys would say that they would love to have more women in the STEM fields. They probably have no idea they are harboring these feelings, much less how much it hurts their female counterparts.

I hope that this research gives them a wake-up call so that women can not only make the grades but feel accepted along the way. Pretty soon, they will be conquering the world.

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