Who Gets Grant Money? The (Gendered) words Decide

-MIT Sloan School of Management

Female scientists are 16% less likely than men to get a high score on their grant proposal due to word choice. That needs to change. Blinded reviews for scientific research grants — in which all identifying information on the applicant is removed — are designed to remove gendered outcomes, among other biases.Female scientists are 16% less likely than men to get a high score on their grant proposal, and new research suggests word choice might be the reason why.

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