Change race, and watch the interview invitations flow in

This sadly isn’t surprising, given what we know of implicit bias.  But it’s a very striking demonstration of what all those CV studies have been telling us.

If you don’t believe that racism in the job market is real, then please read this article by Yolanda Spivey.  Spivey, who was seeking work in the insurance industry, found that she wasn’t getting any job offers.  But as an experiment, she changed her name to Bianca White, to see if employers would respond differently.

Thanks, J-Bro!



Elderly Chinese man becomes star model

… for girls’ clothing.

A 72-year-old Chinese man named Liu Xianping is getting the world’s attention today for his work as a model. A model for his granddaughter’s boutique. Which sells clothes for teenage girls. After his first pictures were posted, Grandpa went viral and Web traffic to the store jumped. Liu says, “Why unacceptable (for someone like me to wear women’s clothes)? Modeling for the store is helping my granddaughter and I have nothing to lose. I’m very old and all that I care about is to be happy.”

Reader query: open posts and gender

A reader has written to me noting that in her department no woman has been appointed to a permanent *open* position in 25 years, though women have been appointed when areas are specified. She’s wondering– and I am too, now– whether this is an isolated phenomenon, and also whether there is any empirical evidence which might speak to the issue. (E.g. an open post might make people look for *the genius*, which is associated with maleness, etc.) Any thoughts?