More on the genius-stereotype and underrepresentation

Readers may be interested in this radio interview with psychologist Carol Dweck, who discusses the work by Sarah-Jane Leslie and colleagues on underrepresentation and the genius stereotype. Dweck (who was not a part of the study) discusses how the idea that innate genius or smartness is required to do well in certain fields might affect learning, motivation, and the gender gap. (Readers might also be interested to note that there is a call from a woman about seven minutes in who majored in philosophy, achieving straight A’s. She was nevertheless told by her advisor that she didn’t “have what it takes” to apply to grad school.)

2 thoughts on “More on the genius-stereotype and underrepresentation

  1. I have not listened to the interview yet, but I hope to soon. Meanwhile, let me ask: Is the problem really the fact the “innate genius” requirement is essentially, dissuading women? Wouldn’t it be rather problematic to suggest that most women are put off by this? Or, does the problem really lie in systematically overrating most men’s abilities while underrating most women’s abilities? In turn, this could mean that more men than women get classified as “geniuses.”

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