Unconscious Bias, Stereotype Threat, and Imposter Syndrome

CSWA Town Hall, Session 207, 222nd AAS Meeting, Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013, 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM

Abstract: Women and other underrepresented groups in astronomy can face a powerful combination of hidden obstacles. With unconscious bias, men and women both unconsciously devalue the contributions of women. This can have a detrimental effect on grant proposals, job applications, and performance reviews. Stereotype threat is the anxiety women face in a situation where they have the potential to confirm a negative stereotype about women as a group. This anxiety alone can result in documented cases of lower scores on standardized math tests. Highly competent women may also face impostor syndrome where they find it impossible to believe in their own competence. They live with a fear of being discovered. The CSWA Town Hall at the Indianapolis AAS meeting will discuss these issues in the context of the AAUW report entitled, "Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics." The Town Hall will include at least 30 minutes for discussion and answering questions from the audience.

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