Study: Latinas and Black women scientists get confused for janitors
Well this is awkward… Latinas and Black women scientists are frequently confused for janitors or administration, according to a new study.
Getting women into the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are already difficult, and is especially difficult for Black and Latina women. Many face issues with stereotypes.
In a recent study by UC Hastings (the law school at the University of California, San Francisco), researchers conducted an online survey of hundreds of female scientists of all races and interviewed 60 who are of Black, Latino and Asian-American descent. All of the interviewees said they had experienced some form of gender or racial bias.
Nearly half of the Latinas (48 percent) and African-Americans (46.9 percent) stated they had been mistaken for administrative assistants or custodial staff, according to the study.
In the interviews, many Latina scientists said they were labeled as 'angry' or ‘too emotional'. Some said they had to overcome the ‘lazy’ stereotype and that others attributed their accomplishments to luck. They also said a lot of the time, they were asked to do administrative work by other researchers.
Read the full study here.