Here’s an interesting bit of data, cited by a very distinguished psychologist :
… the “Obama effect” on the test performance of African-Americans. Adult subjects in a study (still unpublished) answered comprehension questions from the verbal sections of the Graduate Record Examinations before and just after the presidential election. The black participants who were tested before the vote performed worse than whites; those tested immediately afterward scored almost as well as whites.
This article is about how small measures can have large educational effects, and it is certainly worth reading. But it also has some relevance for concerns about women in philosophy, in addition to its important message about standardized testing for “outsider” groups.
What do you think?